Mike Trout looking like Mike Trout
May, 24, 2013
By Kenton Wong, ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Alex GallardoMike Trout has been on a tear since the calendar turned to May
No sophomore slump
After an MVP-caliber rookie season, many projected Trout’s numbers to regress nearly across the board. In April those prognostications looked good as Trout hit just .261 in the month with two homers. May has been a different story as Trout has eight homers with a week left in the month. Thursday’s homer went 463 feet – the longest of his career.
His career-high for homers in a month came last July when he hit 10 bombs and hit .392. Trout has been waiting for his pitch more in May, chasing 19 percent of pitches outside the strike zone after chasing 28 percent in April.
Looking back at the Greinke gamble
Segura entered play Thursday with a 2.4 WAR – ranking 10th in baseball among position players. The Angels shortstops by comparison have combined for a -0.9 WAR: Erick Aybar (-0.4), Andrew Romine (-0.3) and Brendan Harris (-0.2).
Angels (Vargas) at Royals (Mendoza)
Trout isn’t the only one with crazy April/May splits, Jason Vargas has bounced back from a rough April in which he went 0-3 with a 4.85 ERA. This month he is 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA, allowing opponents to hit .212.
Vargas’ curveball has been dominant this month as opponents are hitting .125 against it after they hit .308 in April.