If it seems a bit harsh to call the M’s that way, consider these numbers: for his career, Trout is hitting .325/.428/.668 with a 1.097 OPS and 52 (!) home runs in 172 games against the Mariners.
The Mariners are, by far, the team against which Trout has homered the most.
He had another successful weekend against them, according to Stats by STATS.
“Mike Trout of the @Angels is the first player in MLB history to hit 4 game-winning HR in a single series (HR that put his team ahead to stay),” they tweeted.
Mike Trout of the @Angels is the first player in MLB history to hit 4 game-winning HR in a single series (HR that put his team ahead to stay).
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 19, 2022
Not only did Trout’s homers come frequently over the weekend: they were timely, too.
Having Trout Healthy Gives The Angels A Fighting Chance
They helped the battered Angels, who have had to endure a lot of things in the past couple of weeks, win three straight games that give them some much-needed oxygen in the AL West standings.
After feasting on the hapless Mariners, the Angels are 33-36, with three straight wins and a positive +9 run differential.
They recently lost third baseman Anthony Rendon for the season, which is definitely a considerable blow, but the Angels have enough talent to get themselves back in the postseason race.
They just need Trout (and Shohei Ohtani) to stay healthy and find some consistency from their pitching staff.
They are 9.5 games out of first place as of Monday afternoon, but there is still plenty of games to be played and time for a turnaround.
As long as Trout is playing like he played all weekend long, they will have a fighting chance.
Don’t rule them out just yet.