August 18, 2013 |
Angels star outfielder Mike Trout left Sunday's game against the Houston Astros after five innings because of what the team said was tightness in his right hamstring. Trout singled and doubled in his first two at-bats Sunday, then flied out in his third at-bat. The outfielder is batting .333, second in the American League to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who is batting .360. Trout has reached base in 40 consecutive games. The club record is 63, set by Orlando Cabrera.
August 17, 2013 |
Cabrera vs. Trout II In the great Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout most-valuable-player debate of 2012, the Trout loyalists most often cited Trout's dominance in WAR - the "wins above replacement" statistic that purports to distill production into one number. Lo and behold, the top two players in various WAR rankings this season are Cabrera and Trout, although neither player is an overwhelming leader. Cabrera won the MVP and triple crown last season, yet he is on pace to better his numbers in each of the triple crown categories this season.
August 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For as many headlines as Mike Trout generates on the field, the Angels center fielder hasn't been much of an off-the-field attention-grabber. The humble 22-year-old, in his second big league season, has not inserted himself into controversy the way more outspoken and opinionated players do. But that changed Monday when Trout, at the Empire State Building with his former New Jersey high school team to dedicate a field that will be named in his honor, told a New York radio station that first-time offenders of baseball's performance-enhancing drug program should be banned for life.
August 7, 2013 |
That Mike Trout hit a home run off Texas right-hander Yu Darvish on Tuesday night wasn't surprising. The Angels center fielder has already hit three homers off the Rangers ace in two years. What was stunning was that the solo shot to center field came on the first pitch of Trout's first at-bat of the game. The ultra-patient Trout rarely swings at the first pitch in any at-bat, and he likes to see as many pitches as he can in his first at-bat of the game to get a feel for what the opposing pitcher is featuring.
August 6, 2013 |
The American League most valuable player debate is heating up, with Baltimore's Chris Davis muscling his way into the conversation with Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. "Yeah, here we go again," said Trout, who won rookie-of-the-year honors and finished second to Cabrera inMVP voting last season. "It definitely feels good to be out there with Miguel and Chris. " Like 2012, Trout's MVP chances will be hurt by the fact that the Angels, who lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-3, Tuesday night, are out of playoff contention while Cabrera's Tigers lead the AL Central and Davis' Orioles are in the wild-card race.
August 4, 2013 |
If you had to choose a two-inning sample that is emblematic of the way things have gone for the Angels this season, the last two innings of Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays would be a good choice. Leading by three runs with five outs to go, the Angels saw two infielders throw away potential double-play balls, lost another out on a blown call by an umpire and used six pitchers to try to protect a lead at Angel Stadium. They didn't quite make it, with two-out singles by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the ninth sending the Angels to their 10th loss in 15 games, dropping them to fourth place in the American League West and 101/2 games back in a wild-card race they've never really joined.
August 3, 2013 |
The day after one of the greatest catches in Angel Stadium history, the discussion Saturday was if it was the best ever by an Angel. Manager Mike Scioscia said no, ranking J.B. Shuck's fourth-inning robbery of Jose Bautista's home run - in which the outfielder tumbled into the stands over the left-field wall - behind Mike Trout's full-sprint, high-leaping grab of a J.J. Hardy fly over the center-field fence in Baltimore in...
July 28, 2013 |
OAKLAND -- Center fielder Mike Trout was blinded by the light Sunday, losing two fly balls in the sun that dropped for run-scoring hits in the Oakland Athletics' 10-6 come-from-behind victory over the Angels in the Oakland Coliseum. "Those are things you can't control," Trout said after the Angels blew leads of 5-0 in the second inning and 6-5 in the sixth to fall 13 games behind the first-place A's in the American League West. "You can't catch what you can't see. " The Angels scored four runs in the first inning on run-scoring singles by Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo and a two-run single by Alberto Callaspo . Erick Aybar tripled and scored on Kendrick's groundout in the second.
July 19, 2013 |
There was a sense of urgency in the Angels clubhouse Friday that didn't seem to exist in April, May, June and early July. Coming out of the All-Star break with an 11-game deficit and division-leading Oakland in town may have been just the jolt the club needed. "It's the second half, every game is critical," said slugger Albert Pujols, normally among the most even-keeled of Angels. "It's not like there is tomorrow. Before you know it, it's September. We have to win as many games as we can. " They got a good start Friday night, pairing another superb Jered Weaver effort against the Athletics with solo home runs by Pujols, Erick Aybar and Mike Trout in a 4-1 victory that kicked off a stretch in which the Angels play 13 of 20 games against Oakland and Texas.