Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Trout Effect
By Mark Saxon
The Angels are 18-4 in games Mike Trout has started for them. They are 59-60 in games he has not started.
These numbers may not be coincidences. Trout, 20, has batted .325 with four home runs, 11 runs and eight RBIs in the 13 games since he was recalled from Double-A Arkansas.
But there's a spillover effect to his arrival. It seems to have energized the play of veterans Vernon Wells and Bobby Abreu, who are being pushed for playing time and have also gotten more rest since Trout arrived. Wells is 32, Abreu 37.
Mike Scioscia left Trout out of his lineup Tuesday night against Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Abreu, a left-handed hitter, is batting .244 off Hernandez. Trout is 1-for-6 against Hernandez. Scioscia said Trout would return to the lineup Wednesday.
"It's been very tangible what he's given to our club and he'll certainly be given more opportunities," Scioscia said. "That's not a dilemma. A dilemma's when you have three guys swinging the bats well and nine spots to fill. You can't have these guys change uniforms the other inning and pretend to be somebody else. That was the issue. Right now, we have a deep lineup."