Mike Trout’s Numbers Add Up to Greatness at a Tender Age Tweet Trout Now.
It is not that Mike Trout hit his 30th and 31st home runs Sunday. It is not that the second shot was a grand slam. It is not that the homers helped the Los Angeles Angels to a 13-7 victory over the Texas Rangers and kept them a game ahead of the Houston Astros in the American League West.
It is that a fan in right field was holding a net labeled “Trout net,” and Trout’s slam landed directly in it.
After the game, Trout said he noticed the net, though he stopped short of saying he dropped the ball in it intentionally. Few would have doubted him if he had.
Trout has again been little short of superhuman this season. His 31 homers and 75 runs in 97 games led the majors entering Monday, and he led the American League in slugging percentage at .632 and on-base plus slugging percentage at 1.038. He also leads the game in just about every advanced stat that accounts for everything a player does, such as wins above replacement.