Mike Trout powered the Angels to a 7-6 comeback victory over the Astros last night with a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Check out his heroics below:
That pitch was what, maybe a foot above the ground? Just look at where the catcher was set up. But Trout is one of the best low-ball hitters in the game for a reason. Perhaps it’s time word gets out about that.
This was the second walk-off homer of Trout’s career. Both have been this season. He’s now up to 20 home runs and 63 RBI on the year to go along with a fantastic .313/.406/.616 batting line. His 1.022 OPS leads the American League. Hey, remember when he was “struggling” earlier this season? Yeah, me neither.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.