Mike Trout entered Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers tied with teammate Albert Pujols for the major league lead in home runs at 29. He exited with 31. His second home run was a grand slam that pushed the Angels’ lead to 8-2 in the sixth inning against reliever Spencer Patton.
As our own Drew Silva pointed out on Twitter, Trout is on pace for 51 home runs, which would more than exceed his current career-high of 36. Along with 31 dingers, he’s knocked in 64 runs, stolen 10 bases, and hit .313/.404/.631 in what could very well be another MVP Award-winning season.
Albert Pujols stole second base in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against the Rangers, giving him 100 stolen bases for his career. That moves him into rarefied air, as the Angels’ communications department points out on Twitter: he joins Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays as the fourth player with at least 500 home runs, 100 stolen bases, and a .300 batting average in his career.
Pujols entered the afternoon tied with teammate Mike Trout for the major league lead in home runs at 29 apiece, but Trout went yard for number 30 in the first inning. The 35-year-old veteran is having a tremendous season, coming into the game batting batting .261/.324/.542 with 62 RBI.
Pujols will likely skip at least one more name on the all-time home run list before the season is over. He recently passed Mike Schmidt to move into 15th place all-time with 549. He trails Manny Ramirez’s 555 and Reggie Jackson’s 563, both attainable by the end of the season.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano suffered a sprained right ankle last Saturday in Oakland and hasn’t played since. Or, hadn’t played since. Sano is back in the Minnesota starting lineup on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, batting cleanup and serving as the Twins’ designated hitter in the second game of an important three-game series versus Anaheim.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout also sat out of Tuesday night’s series opener and is also returning to action on Wednesday night.
Sano has batted .326/.434/.558 with two home runs and nine RBI over his first 13 major league games.
The 22-year-old top prospect was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga on July 2.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout missed his first game of the 2015 season on Tuesday night against the Twins because of soreness in his left heel. But he claimed it was only a minor issue and he is back in the starting lineup Wednesday in the second game of a three-game set versus Minnesota.
Trout, 23, is batting .307/.400/.614 with 28 home runs and 57 RBI in 395 plate appearances this season for the American League West-leading Angels. He ranks second in FanGraphs’ version of WAR, only behind 22-year-old Nationals slugger Bryce Harper. The future is now, people.
Trout was named the MVP of last week’s 2015 All-Star Game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.
This tweet comes from Alden Gonzalez, the Angels beat reporter at MLB.com …
Albert Pujols was initially going to get a night off Tuesday against the visiting Twins, but the Angels didn’t want to play a game against a contending team with a combined 57 home runs sitting on the bench.
Trout, 23, is batting .307/.400/.614 with 28 homers and 57 RBI in 92 games this season for the Halos, who have won five straight games and 15 of their last 18. Trout is second in fWAR behind only Bryce Harper.
Daniel Robertson will start in center field and bat ninth on Tuesday night vs. Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson.