Angels outfielder Mike Trout celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday. He gave himself quite a gift, doubling for his 1,000th career hit off of a first-pitch fastball from Dylan Bundy in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Trout would advance to third base on a ground out, then score on a Kole Calhoun sacrifice fly to break the scoreless tie. [Update: Trout homered in his next at-bat, a solo shot off of the left field foul pole.]
Trout entered the evening batting .343/.463/.703 with 22 home runs, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 298 plate appearances. Those are incredibly good stats considering he missed a month and a half with a torn thumb ligament.
His teammates helped him celebrate his birthday in a more, uh, interesting way:
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.