Is Mike Trout Cooling Off?

In 2012, Mike Trout has yet to go into a slump. That’s pretty strange. All players have a poor string of games. Look at Albert Pujols horrid April or Jered Weaver’s May 12th start against Texas. It happens to the best of them. It happens to all of them.

Which means it can be assumed that at some point Mike Trout will go from god-like to a mere exceptional mortal, right? Right?

This may be the month it happens. After winning player of the month and rookie of the month for July and strengthening his hold as the largely considered  favorite for AL MVP, Trout has “cooled off” a bit in August.

Notice those quotations marks? They are there because Trout is still putting up solid numbers with a .273/.390/.485 line and an OPS of .895. While those numbers are good, they are still a drop-off from Trout’s season numbers of .345/.409/.597 and an OPS of 1.005.

Baseball season is long and grueling and August is the dog-days of summer. Last year, after finishing off the season with the Angels, Trout went on to play winter ball in the Arizona league and struggled. In 106 ABs he put up .245/.279/.321 line and struck out 33 times with just five walks. Most reports cited Trout as looking tired from a long stretch of baseball and that that it shouldn’t be of concern. Clearly, those reports were accurate as Trout has done Mickey Mantle-like historic things in 2012.

However, least we forget that Trout has just turned 21 and has never played a full major league season. Oh, and in case you forgot, he is also human…we think.

With 51 games to play the Angels are 7 games back from the Rangers and one game behind from a wild card spot, a struggling Trout could spell doom for the Angels. Let’s hope this mild August start is just a hiccup and not a sign of things to come for the remainder of the season.

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  • Danrs46R

    There have been a few other occasions this season when Mike’s average dropped off some, only to rise higher than it was previously. Can’t say that I know this is the case right now; but, I do know as many baseball pundits have stated, speed doesn’t slump. As long as Mike maintains patience and discipline at the plate he will get on base with either hits or walks. That’s where his true offensive value is; being on base. No matter how this season ends up for Trout, it is his first full season, and it would be a major shock if he doesn’t improve every future season for a good number of years to come. I just hope the game stays fun for him and it doesn’t get ruined by the fans and media placing unreasonable expectations on him. Great ball player and an even better young man.

  • brianc6234

    Perfect timing for this. Trout just knocked in five runs for the Angels. Off of King Felix. I wouldn’t worry about him cooling off yet. He isn’t looking tired or overmatched. At least wait until September ofr that.