The Los Angeles Angels are definitely not having a good time.
They have lost 12 games in a row, and they have fallen apart: after an impressive start to the season, they are now 27-29, under .500 and 8.5 games behind the Houston Astros for the first spot in the AL West division.
A big reason behind the losing skid has been Mike Trout‘s own slump.
When the best player of our generation is struggling, wins will be hard to come by.
At one point yesterday, Trout was mired in a 0-for-26 slump, which seems impossible for a guy with his talent.
But baseball can be cruel sometimes.
There are nights in which a player may have belting line drives and deep fly balls, but they find gloves and the hard contact results in nothing.
Trout, however, was able to put an end to that slump with a screaming line drive single against Michael Wacha of the Boston Red Sox.
“Our National Nightmare is over: Mike Trout ended his 0-26 skid”, Starting 9 tweeted.
It certainly felt like a nightmare.
Our National Nightmare is over.
Mike Trout ended his 0-26 skid pic.twitter.com/rB2xHa6EZW
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) June 7, 2022
Trout Wasn’t Going To Slump For Long
The Angels still lost, 1-0, but it’s good to see Trout producing again.
They will win eventually, and Trout is just too talented to slump for so long.
But even the best hitters in the history of the game have had poor spells at the plate.
For example, Derek Jeter, a first-ballot Hall of Famer a couple of years ago, once had a 0-for-32 slump in 2004.
That sounds hard to believe, but it happened.
A similar thing happened to Trout.
He will probably finish with the strong numbers we have grown accustomed to seeing, and this will likely be a bad memory.
The Angels, however, have a lot of work to do if they want to make it to the postseason.