When Mike Trout came up from a slide holding his hand in pain last month, the LA Angels and their fans all around the country held their breath. The season was deemed over when news broke that he would miss 6-8 weeks. But somehow, the Halos survived.
The Angels have played their last game without Mike Trout. He will be activated for their first game back from the All Star break on Friday. Whether he is a designated hitter or center fielder, he will be back to making an impact.
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The Angels currently sit at 45-47. They are out of the AL West race, barring an absolute miracle. They are 16.5 games behind the AL-best Houston Astros. However, Mike Trout could be what the team needs to make a serious run at the playoffs.
Before we focus on that though, what the Angels did without Trout was miraculous. For a team that most people consider abysmal without Trout, playing .500 baseball for six weeks is extremely impressive.
They won series against some of the best teams in baseball. The slowed down the young sluggers from New York, winning both series against the Bronx Bombers. They picked up two wins in a three game set against the Houston rivals, while doing the same against the Boston Red Sox. They also split a series against the MLB best Los Angeles Dodgers in the annual Freeway Series.
The team did not go on any amazing runs, they simply just keep picking up series wins. They only lost two series in the month, largely led by their amazing bullpen. The offense was sporadic, as they often would be shutout then go out and score 5-plus runs the next day.
Mike Trout will be a welcome addition (obviously), and the team could be destined for a solid run and nabbing a Wild Card spot come playoff time.