Last night – another big Saturday night in Mike Trout’s illustrious young career – turned out to be possibly his monster game on the young season. Sure, there was the grand-slam game against Chris Sale a week ago. There was the Saturday afternoon in the Bronx where he made the jungle his playground. But last night he really looked smooth and helped the Anaheim Angels earn a signature win 11-6 in 13 innings down in Atlanta over a first-place club.
Probably the easiest way to do the Trout highlight pack from last night is just straightforward, so here goes:
- He hit his 13th homer of the season, a no doubt blast to left field.
- Steals a bag – he still hasn’t been caught stealing this year – this will keep the Rotoworld forum nerds happy!
- Hit a two-run double in extra innings. I had actually fallen asleep during this.
Then I see here on the game today that he’s already crushed home run number 14 into the left field seats again on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN (that video to come when it’s available), added a single and was robbed of extra bases in deep right field by Jason Heyward.
As I’m wrapping up this post, John Kruk asks when people are going ‘drop the argument that he’s the best player in baseball and just go with it’. I have to say, Kruk is right. It looks as if Trout has overcame the worst slump of his young career and the numbers are returning to career norms (.300/.400/.500 with a .900+ OPS).
My first quasi-father’s day belongs to Mike Trout. He showcased every skill he has this weekend in Atlanta, and it looks like it will give the upstart Angels the series victory.
UPDATE MONDAY: Here is the highlight of Trout’s homer on Sunday Night baseball, and here is a post by Dave Cameron over at FanGraphs about why it’s a bad idea to pitch Mike Trout down and in at all.