Mike Trout wins AL Player of the Week honors for 2nd time in 2019
By David Rice
Mike Trout has done so many things throughout his career nothing seems to be that surprising, except that he hasn’t done something before.
This past week Mike Trout had a spectacular week like he has been known to do. Mike Trout had a huge game last Wednesday against Toronto. Trout hit two home runs including a grand slam. He ended the game with a career-high seven runs batted in. Trout had never driven in more than five runs in a game until that night.
Trout now has 22 homers and has driven in 56 runs and he has also scored 62 runs this season with a .307 batting average for the season. This past week Mike Trout was named AL Player of the Week after hitting .483 with three home runs and 10 runs batted in and seven runs scored.
This was the second time this season that Mike Trout has won Player of the Week honors as he took that role in the first week of April as well. Trout right now is also the leading vote getter in the 2019 All-Star voting.
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Trout is already on track to possibly winning a 3rd AL MVP award as he is leading the league in numerous categories. Trout is leading with 68 walks, total bases with 165, 62 runs scored, in addition he has an AL best OBP of .466, slugging % .642, and OPS 1.108. Trout is also third in home runs with 22 homers, and third in RBIs with 56 and he is 6th in batting average with a .307 batting average.
With all these amazing numbers it is definitely a fair assessment that Trout is the leading MVP candidate. Trout has an outside chance at being a Triple Crown winner since he is near the top in the three major categories of home runs, RBIs, and batting average.
This would be a great accomplishment for Trout and would all but guarantee him the MVP award. It would be a flip-flop from Trout’s rookie year when Miguel Cabrera edged Trout out for the MVP Award by garnering the Triple Crown.
However, what Mike Trout would want even more is for a playoff berth him and the Angels. A third MVP Award would be the icing on the cake for Trout, but if the Angels make a run in the playoffs it would be the ultimate prize.
For now Trout will have to settle for his second AL Player of the Week honors of the 2019 season. Congratulations Mike, keep up the good work.