Angels Notes: Mike Trout’s rare slump extends to 0 for 17
ANAHEIM — Mike Trout is now finding out how everyone else in the majors lives.
Trout, seemingly immune to the slumps that define his sport, has gone hitless in his past 17 at-bats, the second longest such drought in his career. He took an 0 for 18 in August 2014, the year he won his first MVP, by the way.
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Since hitting homers in his first two at-bats last Saturday in Baltimore, Trout is 3 for 31.
“I’m seeing the ball good, just missing pitches,” Trout said. “Things will change. These are things you go through as a baseball player. Just stay positive.”
Trout is still somewhat productive, because he’s drawn 10 walks during the 31-at-bat drought. On Sunday, he grounded out twice and was called out on a pitch that he clearly thought was low. He was also intentionally walked and unintentionally walked.
Manager Mike Scioscia, as you’d expect, is not panicking over his star’s bad week.
“Every hitter in the game, no matter if you’re Mike Trout or anybody, at times you’re not going to square the ball up as well as you have,” Scioscia said. “He’s still taking his walks, getting on base, doing a lot of things. He’s just missing pitches he was hitting earlier. He’ll find it. He’ll get it back.”
Kaleb Cowart, mired in a 5-for-48 slump, was not in the lineup on Sunday. The Angels recalled Cowart about a month ago to give him an extended look at second base. He has started 21 of 30 games since his recall, although his offense has slipped since a hot start.
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