It's Trumbo time

The Angels' slugger is the real reason LA should contend down to the wire

Updated: August 25, 2012, 9:48 AM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

CONSIDER MARK TRUMBO, the largest bit player in the big leagues. He was turned into an everyday utilityman with the arrival of Albert Pujols and relegated to an afterthought amid the national paean to Mike Trout. Trumbo's season-long excellence, his .903 OPS through mid-August, in only his second full season? It's not much more than background noise these days.

But as the Angels try to chase down a playoff spot over the final six weeks, Trumbo is key. With Trout perpetually ...

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