Well it has happened, Mike Trout‘s foot injury has not gotten much better after the cryoablation procedure that was supposed to alleviate the pain in his right foot caused by a pinched nerve, also know as a neuroma.
So on Sunday morning the Angels officially announced that Mike Trout is being shut down for the season and will have surgery to remove the neuroma later this week. Thus ends Trout’s quest for 50 homers and to set the Angels’ single-season home run record.. (Troy Glaus can breath a sigh of relief for now).
Not that it is the most important thing for Trout and the Angels, but the big question now becomes has Trout done enough to win his third AL MVP awar oof his career. He has been a front-runner for most of the season and is leading the league in multiple offensive categories including hone runs, walks, on-base-percentage, and Wins Above Replacement, which is also known as WAR.
About the only player that may have a chance to supplant Trout for the award is the Astros Alex Bregman who is having a very strong year as well and his team has all-but-clinched the AL West and is primed to make another World Series run. However, Bregman is one of a host of all-stars on his team who have shown brightly this season, whereas Trout has gone solo most of the season.
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Don’t get me wrong the Angels have gotten good seasons from Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols, and even Kole Calhoun has stepped it up in power and RBIs this season, but compared to the line-up the Astros have there is no comparison. In addition Ohtani missed the first six weeks of the season and Justin Upton only played 63 games for the Angels this season due to injury.
Another bright spot was Tommy La Stella, who made the AL all-star team after hitting 16 homers and driving in 44 runs in the first half, only to break his tibia and miss 10 weeks so far and maybe the rest of the season as well.
Trout’s numbers have been stellar and he has been the one constant for the Angels all season so even though he will miss the final 20 games of the season (counting the seven he has already missed), his numbers speak for themselves. Trout will finish with 45 homers and 104 RBIs with a .291 average and 11 steals. In addition Trout has 110 walks a .438 OBP and .645 slugging percentage as well as a WAR of 8.3. As of now Trout is leading the AL in HRs, Walks, OBP, OPS, and WAR. He will probably lose out in the HR race as Jorge Soler of the Royals has 44 right now and also in walks as Bregman has 108. But the other categories Trout should hold on to his top spot.
If those numbers aren’t worthy of a third MVP award I don’t know what is.
The other concern for Trout is if he will be able to bounce back from his injury and that question seems to be a resounding yes. It will be sad not to see Trout play anymore in the final two weeks of the season, especially with Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton being out as well, but that’s life.
Hopefully all three of the Angel stars will comeback better than ever in 2020. For now Angel fans will have to enjoy watching some of the players of the future get their feet wet which could be fun, and hopefully in November Mike Trout will be holding up another MVP trophy.