ANAHEIM — One tool seems hidden in Mike Trouts deep tool kit — his top-flight speed.
Although Trouts power quantities have been way up this season (Per day home runs, 76 RBIs), she has just 10 stolen facets after swiping 82 in the two seasons. The two-time Most valuable player runner-up has one steal within his last 30 games (June 24).
Manager Mike Scioscia and Trout both said the 22-year-old was seeing a lot of slide ways from opposing pitchers to speed their delivery to the platter.
I took a lot more chances not too long ago, and they started picking up with things, Trout said. The pitchers have been doing a good job of keeping me trustworthy. Im going to try to be more hostile. Ive been trying to do it just lately. You just have to pick the right time to take action.
Scioscia said that Trout has been in motion a decent amount but that golf balls have either been place in play or fouled off. Scioscia also said that Trouts lack of steals will not be due to Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton hammering behind him in the get.
We certainly want Mike to run as much as he possibly can,In Scioscia said. I think that, at times, squads are going to extraordinary levels to manage the running game, which would provide the batters box offense an advantage, however were certainly not trying to contrain what Mike can do as a result of anything in the order behind him.
Both in his customary Simply no. 2 spot and in his career, Trout falls around table-setter and slugger, and this season hes looked more like a basketball basher than a base bandit.
Trout hit his 24th home run of the season night, and his 76 RBIs path just Miguel Cabrera for the Major Nfl lead. Last season, Trout didnt hit his 24th homer until Sept. Sixteen, and he finished with 27.
Im not necessarily trying to hit home goes, he said. They just kind of happen. Im going to try to travel in runs, for sure. Im a guy that just tries to get gap to gap, if I square up several balls and they go out, theyre going out.
Trout is on rate to hit 40 home extends, drive in 129 runs as well as steal 17 bases. He would become the first player in franchise history with at least 120 RBIs and 40-plus home operates.