Mike “MVP” Trout
At the very least, if we can’t watch this team win consistently, we’ll get to watch Mike Trout secure his 3rd career MVP at the age of 28. On the season Trout is hitting .297/.439/.668 with 39 HRs and 91 RBIs in 501 PAs.
What’s crazy about those numbers is that they should be much better than they actually are, Trout has suffered through a handful of terribly cold slumps that have kept his numbers from being truly astronomical even for Mike Trout himself.
Early in the year, we saw Trout kill the Texas Rangers during a homestand before hitting a cold slump that saw him hitting just .221/.372/.382 in 19 games with just 2 HRs and 9 RBIs. Last month, in July, we saw Trout have his best month (power wise) that could have been much more had he not slumped with a .228 AVG from July 13th to the 31st. Over all through July Trout hit .286/.392/.821 in 102 PA’s.
Though the month of August has just kicked off Trout is looking to post his best month of the entire year as he currently has a .323/.447/.806 slash line with 4 HRs and 6 RBIs in the month of August through just 38 PA’s. We’ve seen Trout hit cold slumps out of nowhere after going nuclear for a stretch of time, so it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise if Trout slipped into a slump overnight.
Regardless of any conjecture it looks like Trout is doing his thing, as usual, and getting better and better as time goes on. Prior to the month of July Trout hadn’t slugged over .700 at any point this season, his highest SLG% being .641 in June.
If Trout can put up two months of .800+ slugging it would be even more undeniable than it already is that he is a lock for MVP, even if he goes back to slugging in the high 600’s he’s still as tight a lock as they come for MVPs.
This is exciting not only for this year, but for many years of Trout to come. One can only imagine how electric he’ll be through his 2018 campaign as he is just barely hitting his prime. It’s hard to imagine Trout getting much better than he already is, but at the same time that’s been a recurring theme for Trout throughout his career.