The next pitcher with the most success against Trout currently throws down the road at Chavez Ravine, David Price.
Angels: David Price has taken care of business against Mike Trout.
In 27 at-bats, the big lefty has held Trout to a .125 slugging percentage. That’s the lowest Trout has slugged against any pitcher in at least 20 at-bats.
Overall, Trout has gone 5-for-27 (all singles) with one RBI, five walks, and 12 strikeouts. Price has held Trout to his second-lowest OPS (.498). Another lefty, James Paxton, has held Trout to a career-low .483 OPS.
During 12 seasons in the American League, Price has played in each division besides the AL West but still has his fair share of games versus the Halos. He’s had 18 starts against the Angels, going 7-7 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.273 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9 ratio.
The 35-year-old is entering the twilight of his career, and has been used exclusively out of the bullpen (5 appearances) for the Dodgers in 2021. In the past offseason, I made a case for three reasons why a trade involving Price between the two Southern California teams could and should happen if ‘the price is right’.
A lifetime 151 wins, 3.32 ERA, 1.155 WHIP, and 8.8 K/9 makes a shot at the Hall of Fame look a little bleak for Price. However, that’s not to say he hasn’t had a great career because he certainly has.
Five All-Star appearances, an AL CY Young Award, and a World Series ring in 2018 isn’t too shabby for Price. Not to mention taking care of business against Trout when he needed to.