Manager Brad Ausmus said he is anticipating Trout hitting second in the Angels' lineup next year, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Trout spent the majority of this past season split between the second and third spots in the order, though Ausmus appears to have a plan in place to put him in the two hole heading into spring training. The bottom line is that there's not much of a difference between these spots for a player of Trout's caliber, but he may wind up scoring a few more runs and having fewer RBI chances if this intention holds true.
Trout went 2-for-3 with a single, a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs in Friday's win over the Athletics. Trout launched his 39th home run of the season off Mike Fiers with a two-run shot in the third inning, and he's now one homer away from the second 40-homer season of his career. Trout owns an elite .315/.463/.635 slash line with 24 doubles, 101 runs, 79 RBI and 24 steals over 603 plate appearances in 2018.
Trout is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros. Trout gets Sunday off for the second week in a row as Michael Hermosillo grabs the start in center field for the Angels. Trout is slashing .345/.462/.690 with eight home runs since coming off the disabled list in late August and should return to the lineup Monday against the Rangers.
Trout went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 10-5 loss to the Astros. For a brief moment it looked like Trout might once again play hero for the Angels, as his eighth-inning shot gave the team a 4-1 lead, but the Los Angeles bullpen completely fell apart in the bottom half of the inning. He's now gone yard in three straight games and five of his last six, and with 38 homers on the year, Trout's now just three back of tying his career high of 41 from 2015 with seven games remaining on the schedule.
Trout went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's loss to the Astros. Trout connected on a two-run homer off Gerrit Cole in the six inning of Friday's blowout loss, and he now has four home runs in his last five games. It has been another year of elite production from Trout, as he owns a .316/.461/.633 slash line with 37 home runs, 74 RBI, 97 runs and 24 steals over 582 plate appearances.