Mike Trout continued to showcase his brilliant all around game in Tuesday's 5-1 win by the Los Angeles Angels over the New York Yankees in Anaheim. Trout tripled in the Halos' first run, in the third inning, then scored on a home run by Albert Pujols, who has been heating up as well.
"What Mike's brought is very tangible," manager Mike Scioscia said after Tuesday's win. "He has brought something our team desperately needed, and that's on-base percentage from the top of the lineup."
Indeed, the 20-year old Trout has a .364 on-base percentage through 29 games, and he's hitting .304 with a .522 slugging percentage and eight stolen bases as well. He is so fast that both of his triples this season have been hit to left field.
"I couldn't imagine anyone being more skilled at that age," said teammate Dan Haren. "The guy can do it all."
Haren was the beneficiary of a few spectacular plays in the outfield Tuesday night, by both Trout and Peter Bourjos. Trout went over the left field wall to rob Nick Swisher of a home run, and the duo combined to cost Swisher at least two more doubles.
As Swisher pointed out to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, "When your slower outfielder has 10 Gold Gloves, that's a pretty good outfield out there." Swisher was referring to Torii Hunter, who has nine Gold Gloves.
Scioscia was asked before Tuesday's game if he would consider moving the longtime center fielder Hunter back to his old position, if it meant getting Mark Trumbo more at-bats in right field. But Scioscia said he liked the range of his two young outfielders.
"Torii is a presence in right field the way he stops the first to third. He's got a comfort level out there," Scioscia said. "If there's something we had to do we'd consider moving Torii, but right now we have in Mike Trout and Peter Boujos two guys that show a lot of range out there."
The Angels were 6-14 when they released Bobby Abreu and recalled Mike Trout from Triple A on April 28. Since then, the team is 20-11 and have won their last eight games. Trout has played in 29 of the 31 games, and hasn't missed an inning in the last 21 games.
Trout tripled and made a pair of outstanding catches on Tuesday. He homered against the Yankees on Monday. He had a single, a walk, and two stolen bases on Sunday in Seattle.
This kid can do it all.
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