Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s sixth-inning two-run home run off of Astros starter Roberto Hernandez was the 100th of the 23-year-old’s brief career. Now with triple digits in homers and in stolen bases (104), Trout has become the youngest to join the 100/100 club, eclipsing — who else? — Alex Rodriguez, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes. Trout is 23 years and 253 days old. Rodriguez was 23 years old and 309 days old at the time.
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Trout has, as expected, been performing at the plate, coming into the night with a .438/.500/.594 triple-slash line with one home run, four RBI, and two stolen bases. The defending American League MVP, Trout accrued 28.2 Wins Above Replacement through the 2014 season (his age-22 season) according to Baseball Reference. Through Rodriguez’s age-22 season, he had compiled 22.9 WAR.
Update (10:40 PM EST): Trout, like Rodriguez, has also homered twice tonight. Trout added a three-run home run in the eighth inning off of Chad Qualls.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.