Trout steamrolls July, named Player of the Month

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Updated: August 4, 2015

In what has become more of a sure bet than Daniel Day-Lewis at the Oscars, Mike Trout finds his name atop yet another award list. This time, picking up AL Player of the Month in July. Trout was absolutely unstoppable this past month, boasting a slash line of .367/.462/.861. Within that stat line Trout hit 12 home runs, collected 24 RBI while scoring 20 runs. While the Angels as a collective team were only able to go 14-10 throughout the month, they were able to manage an impressive run leading up to and just after the all-star break. Unfortunately, the end of July was not kind to the Halos, which is one reason they are now just an underwhelming 2-8 in their past 10 games.

Part of that aforementioned 2-8 record is no doubt in part due to Trout’s more recent struggles. (4-19 with 1 home run and 1 run scored in this past week, and the Angels have been completely struggling to find themselves back in the win column. However, this current funk he is in should not undermine what Trout has been able to accomplish in the month of July, or the entire season for that matter. During this incredible stretch, Trout was able to set the Halos team record for fastest to 30 home runs in a single season. (97 games) His slash line earned him top honors in both slugging and on-base percentage while finishing in the top 5 in average.

While its almost unfair to ask Trout to put up months like this, it seems that the Angels are going to need every bit of gas he has in his tank. With the pitching rotation in somewhat of an influx, the Angels will need to rely heavily on that potent offense. With back t0 back AL Players of the Month (Pujols), you wouldn’t imagine that the team finds itself 3 games back in the AL West and now and entire game back in the Wild Card race. While I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb by saying that he is the leading AL MVP candidate, although Josh Donaldson has put himself in the argument, it still seems to be Trouts to lose. For a team that would appear to be on the brink of ripping off ten straight wins and completely unravelling, Trout has found himself in the usual role of surprising absolutely no one with his unusually great statistics. Although, Im certain if he was asked, he would willingly trade away a few individual awards for a game or two in the standings.

 

Until next time,

@wtjefff

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