LOS ANGELES – The Freeway series was about to begin, and Dave Roberts, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, vaguely talked about the challenges of facing "the best player in the game," a label that has become synonymous is Mike Trout, that his name is not needed for clarification. Dodgers TV reporter Alanna Rizzo has made a playful statement that Cody Bellinger, a National League MVP favorite at the age of 24, is not playing for the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Roberts laughed.
"I hear you," he said, "but you speak of longevity. And Trout has been so consistent for so long. "
Later that night, Trout recorded an Out at Home Plate with a pitch that hit nearly 1
Trout & # 39; s 6.6 FanGraphs Wins Top The successor leads the majors and heads Bellinger (6.1) and Christian Yelich (5.9) well ahead of the next American League player (Boston Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts with 4.7). With 64% of the completed season, Trout leads the AL in OPS (1,105), Homeruns (33), RBIs (81) and Walks (80), all well on their way to achieving career heights.
In a year when Bellinger shoots the Triple Crown and Yelich chases his second NL MVP in a row, Trout remains the undisputed overlord of the sport.
He is by far the AL MVP leader, although his Angels 11½ games are behind in their division. 0:09
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"No doubt," said Trout's teammate Kole Calhoun. I mean, he finished second a couple of times when I thought he should have been the MVP, he's the best player I've ever seen and everyone is amazed that he can go on and on . " But I stopped being impressed. He is the best in the world and he does it every day. "
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In early July, Trout lost a teammate and close friend when Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room, and the Angels have since somehow recovered to win 12 out of 18 for the top five games of the season Trout helped lead them to a .291 / .397 / .945 slash line, and his home runs on July 11 in just 15 games were two seconds below the Angels' record for a month. [1965-02] Angels manager Brad Ausmus was asked how Trout could hold such an elite level in such sobering circumstances.  He shrugged.
"I do not know," said Ausmus, "I think all of us he was At this point, it was from him. "
Skaggs was noticeably at the forefront in Trout's head after Tuesday's game. He laughed at how Skaggs had made it hard for him to boast of his 98.6-mile throw, the third-toughest outfield assistant this season. And he recounted how his homerun made another 454 feet, Skaggs' number back and forth, just like the night of an avid no-hitter.
"It's tough," said Trout, who lost his brother-in-law Aaron Cox last August. "It was hard."
Trout cuts off .296 / .443 / .662 while running at tempo for 52 home runs, 127 RBIs and 126 walks. His contact rate (84.4%), persecution rate (17.8%) and strike rate (17.5%) are well on the way to shaping his career. Apart from the unforeseen, he will be among the top two in the MVP vote for the seventh time, already two ahead of Barry Bonds for the Major League record. With this speed he will win his third MVP trophy before his 28-year season, a feat only Stan Musial has achieved.
"He is the most talented hitter in the world," said Ausmus. "No insult to Cody Bellinger, who is also very talented."