Los Angeles Angels Should Keep an Eye on Mike Trout’s Offensive Struggles
In his third year this season, Trout has continued to produce up to this point as he is batting .229 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. Those numbers appear to be fine, but it has been his other numbers that have been alarming such as his low amount of stolen bases (four) and his high volume of strikeouts (50) that have him tied most in the league with Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton.
Between the two statistics, the strikeout number seems to be a much higher clip than anticipated when Trout had stated he would be more aggressive this year at the plate. At this rate, he 22-year-old is on pace to punch out 205 times which would clearly surpass his career-high (139) in a single season.
Trout has struck out in 29 out of the 39 games which accounts for a 27.4 percent of his at-bats this season despite being on pace to take a career-best 4.52 pitches per plate appearance. To go al0ng with that high clip of strikeouts, his recent struggles at the plate don’t help as he’s hitting .154 with one home run, eight RBIs and 18 strikeouts in his last 14 games played.
Although he has been productive for the most part this season, his current slump is not encouraging given that he continues to consistently strike out and has failed to collect a multi-hit game since Apr. 28 against the Cleveland Indians. This not to say that his struggles at the plate should draw major concern from the Angels, but it should at least be something that they pay close attention to moving forward.
Trout must take a page from his teammate Albert Pujols‘ book this season, as he only has 17 strikeouts in 38 games. Pujols has had stretches where he struggled this season, but even so his strikeouts have been down. Trout must continue to take the pitches he has, and things should begin to shape up as his batting average and stolen base total will rise in correspondence to increased hitting.
It’s all a matter of Trout remaining patient, and he should soon get out of his offensive funk.