“Mike has been a stud.”
The GM’s response: “Mike has been a stud.”
That’s it. Nothing more. Not even an acknowledgement of the question, because the Angels plan to let more time pass before starting those discussions — to try and get some semblance of a price ceiling, and maybe to let some wounds heal with agent Craig Landis — and because it does him no good to update those pursuits through the media.
Besides, nothing more needs to be said.
“Mike has been a stud,” on the heels of a rookie season that’s impossible to top and with many wondering if he’d fall victim to that fictitious (?) sophomore slump.
Trout had a four-hit game in Thursday’s 3-1 win against the Tigers, his third of the season and the eighth of his career. Since the start of June, he leads the American League in hits (37) and is batting .363. His batting average got as low as .263 on May 2, and then he started hitting again, batting .346 (71-for-205) with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in a 51-game stretch.
Left field, center field; leadoff, the No. 2 spot — it hasn’t really mattered.
“The league has made adjustments to him, he’s made adjustments,” Dipoto said. “There are too many things to rail on that are impressive about Mike Trout’s time in the big leagues. He’s been a remarkable player. A very consistent one. We’re very fortunate to have him.”
Through 79 games, here’s a comparison of Trout’s numbers from 2012 and 2013 …
2012: .350 BA, .407 OBP, .594 SLG, 16 HR, 49 RBI, 31 SB, 70 SO, 31 BB
2013: .316 BA, .389 OBP, .548 SLG, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 19 SB, 62 SO, 39 BB
Slightly down, sure. But pretty darn close.
As Dipoto said, “Mike has been a stud.”