For the first time in his career, Mike Trout required a stint on the DL in 2017 after he tore the UCL in his left thumb in late May. He missed 39 games as a result of the injury, but showed no lingering effects of the ailment after returning to the lineup following the All-Star break. Over his final 67 games, Trout hit .285/.429/.552, with 17 homers, 36 RBI, 12 steals, and a 58:48 BB:K in 301 plate appearances, a pace that would have made him a 40-homer, 30-steal player over a full 162-game season. The per-game production was once again at an MVP level, and it's hard to believe that he's still just 26 years old. Since the second half of the 2017 season, the Angels have upgraded the supporting cast around Trout, and his run-production numbers could tick up slightly in 2018 as a result. Even if he's no longer the unanimous choice as the No. 1 overall pick in drafts, he's still on the short list of players in the conversation.
Trout went 2-for-3 with a walk and two home runs in Friday's win over the Mariners. He took Marco Gonzales yard in the first for his 200th career home run, and followed up with No. 201 in the eighth. A thumb injury cost Trout roughly six weeks and will in cost him another AL MVP award, but he's been as good as ever, if not better, when on the field.
Trout is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. With the Angels' elimination from the playoffs, manager Mike Scioscia elected to give a bunch of regulars the day off, so Trout will occupy a seat on the bench for the series finale. In his place, Eric Young will patrol center field.
Trout went 1-for-3 with a home run and a stolen base in Monday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Trout reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time at the ripe age of 25, becoming the 10th player in major-league history to accomplish the feat. It is even more impressive when you consider the superstar missed six weeks of action this season with a thumb injury. The Angels' playoff hopes appear to be dwindling, but Trout can still make a big impact for his fantasy owners.
Trout went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Indians. Trout's bat has uncharacteristically gone cold this month, as he has gone just 15-for-61 (.246) through 18 September starts. In true superstar fashion, he has still provided fantasy value during his hitting slump with two homers, six steals and 14 runs scored.
Trout led off and went 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk and a pair of RBI in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers. The slugging outfielder has been filling in for Brandon Phillips (back) atop the Halos' lineup over the past couple of games, but unlike traditional leadoff hitters, he took matters into his own hands and drove himself in with his 29th homer of the season. Trout's six-week absence due to a thumb injury derailed what could have been a career-best season, as his 1.090 OPS leads all major-league hitters.