Mike Trout is making up for lost time leading Angels wild-card charge

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 07: Welington Castillo
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 07: Welington Castillo /

When Mike Trout went on the disabled list in late May the Angels were trying to stay in the race for a wild-card spot.  The Angels kept their heads above water while Trout was out. Now that Trout is back he is making up for the time missed.

Since Mike Trout has come off the disabled list after the all-star break the Angels have been trying to get on a roll.  They are now 14-11 since the break and have climbed within 0.5 games of the second wild-card spot. after winning four of five.

Trout is hitting .360 (33 for 92) with seven homers and 20 RBI’s.  Trout has been especially hot since August 1st hitting .421.  While his time off may cost Trout a chance to defend his AL MVP title, it will not stop him from trying to lead the Angels to the promise land: The Playoffs.

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In the last two games Trout has been a key to both victories over the Mariners.  Both were in dramatic fashion.  On Thursday night after the bullpen blew a 3-0 lead in the 8th, Trout delivered a two-out 3-run double to give the Angels a 6-3 victory.  On Friday night Trout was part of a five-run comeback scoring two runs including the winning run to spark a 6-5 comeback.

The victory was the Angels 34th come-from-behind victory of the season, which ties them with the Dodgers for the most in the MLB in 2017.  More importantly the Angels pulled within 0.5 games out of the second wild-card spot.

Trout seems to be getting better each game back and with him the sky is truly the limit.  Don’t look now but the Angels are over .500 for the first time since July 1st.  This team is showing a lot of heart despite all the injuries and missed opportunities here the Angels are within reach of the AL Wildcard.

Now some of you will strongly disagree with this next statement, but I believe it to be true. This Angels team has a strong resemblance to the 2002 World Championship team.  You may say how so.  That team in 2002 had a ton of heart and I see the same in this 2017 team.  The 2002 team also did not have a great starting staff, but the bullpen was solid for the most part.

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This year’s team is built the same way.  Hopefully this year’s team can reach the playoffs when it is all said and done. If this happens I would beware of the Angels.

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If Mike Trout has anything to say about it, the Angels will qualify and make a run.