Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout continues to be the leading vote-getter in Major League Baseball’s annual popularity contest. However, the latest release of the American League All-Star vote leaders shows that Trout’s grip on the top spot has loosened considerably.
Just five days ago, Trout had a decent lead on the top spot in all of baseball, leading Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by 18,184. A week later, Tulowitzki may no longer be Trout’s biggest challenger for the title as another American League outfielder has entered the fray.
At 1,361,649 votes, Trout is showing the staying power to take the title. However, he’ll need to fend off Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays if he wishes to stay on top. Bautista, who has 1,351,896 votes, is still 9753 votes behind, but that gap was nearly 89,000 a week ago.
Bautista, who leads the American League with a .442 on-base percentage and is hitting .311 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI, has garnered a lot of attention due to the recent run of the Toronto Blue Jays. Coupled with the fact that Trout has not played since May 30th due to a tight back, and you have the perfect storm for a comeback for Bautista.
However, the toolsy Trout is expected to return to action on Tuesday when the Angels travel to Houston to take on the Astros. In 24 games against Astros pitching, Trout owns a .295/.413/.443 slash-line, meaning there is a good chance he can vault right back into the voters’ wheelhouse and build on a season where he is slashing .294/.380/.549 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI, and 34 runs scored.
Meanwhile, you can do your part by submitting a ballot for your favorite Angels players and try to get them in the starting line-up in Minnesota!