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LA Angels news: Mike Trout hits hardest home run of his career (video)

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels connects for a solo homerun as Jose Trevino #23 of the Texas Rangers looks on during the sixth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels connects for a solo homerun as Jose Trevino #23 of the Texas Rangers looks on during the sixth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 20, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Earlier this evening we posted a piece about whether or not Angels fans should be concerned about the unusually high strikeout rate for Mike Trout. The short answer is no.

If you need any further evidence, the three-time MVP launched a 446-foot home run with the hardest exit velocity of his career (115.5 MPH), in the Statcast Era, against the Rangers on Tuesday.

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The solo shot was Trout’s fifth of the season, upping his RBI total to 11 in 15 games. The home run was also his 39th against Texas in 162 games, the second-most for Trout against any team. The honor of the team with most homers given up to Trout belongs to the Mariners with 46 HR in 164 games.

As I type this the Angels are currently up 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Trout’s slash line sits at .373/.500/.765 in 64 plate appearances.

Trout’s 31.2 strikeout percentage going into Tuesday’s contest was a bit concerning for some, but his overall statistics and the advanced metrics provide more than enough evidence where there is no reason to worry.

With the way he takes his hacks at the plate the strikeouts are bound to happen, but a .350-plus batting average and 1.000-plus OPS is more than enough to make up for it. Trout’s current slash line is significantly above his career averages (.305/.418/.583).

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It’s truly a scary thought for the rest of the league. 11 seasons in the big leagues, he’s still only 29 years old and he’s getting better.

Is it possible we haven’t seen the best of Mike Trout? That’s how it looks right now.

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