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Secret to Angels' resurgence

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09:32 AM ET 05.26 | Trout, who hit .200 with five home runs, 16 runs batted in and 20 runs in 40 games with the Angels last season, was hitless in his first seven at-bats in late April. But entering Friday, he was hitting .341 (28 for 82) in May, the fourth-highest average in the league, and .312 on the season. Mike Trout has been touted as one of baseball's top three prospects for two years, and one scout even compared him to a young Mickey Mantle, so he's used to seeing his name connected with a fair number of superlatives. The leadoff batter had nine multi-hit games, four homers, six doubles, 12 RBIs and 17 runs, and his .377 on-base percentage has provided a much-needed jolt at the top of the order and more opportunities for No. 3 hitter Albert Pujols, who had 17 RBIs in 18 games before Friday. The Angels were 6-14 before Trout was promoted. Entering Friday night, they were 15-11 since.

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May 26, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Not a secret at all. The offense is getting on track and while everyone thought our season was already in the crapper, just a few games outside a playoff spot.

May 26, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Sounds like a fishy story to me...

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May 26, 2012  03:40 PM ET

Maybe it's because they started hitting the baseball.....it usually helps.....like alot.....

May 26, 2012  03:45 PM ET

I am high on Trout. Smoked Trout...

May 26, 2012  05:40 PM ET

Hope he has a good career. Would be nice to see some legendary players come to the game.

May 27, 2012  02:23 AM ET

Compared him to Mickey Hatcher, or some other Mickey. Not really sure. The reason for the Angels resurgence? P U J O L S. Again, the best hitter for the past 11 years. He's 32, and absolutely in his prime. Look for his hitting to continue. 11 seasons worth of numbers do not lie. Pujols will retire (as an Angel) as one of the best hitters of all time. Look for about 700 HRS (he has 451 at age 32) and a lifetime batting average of over .300 (currently .326). One of the best ever, he will revert to form and continue his HOF career.

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May 27, 2012  08:54 AM ET

addition by subtraction, whenever bobby abrue leaves, the team always gets better, i.e. phils, yanks. as soon as he left the phils, in his prime. the team went on to win 5 division championships in a row. not a coniscidence

May 27, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Compared him to Mickey Hatcher, or some other Mickey. Not really sure. The reason for the Angels resurgence? P U J O L S. Again, the best hitter for the past 11 years. He's 32, and absolutely in his prime. Look for his hitting to continue. 11 seasons worth of numbers do not lie. Pujols will retire (as an Angel) as one of the best hitters of all time. Look for about 700 HRS (he has 451 at age 32) and a lifetime batting average of over .300 (currently .326). One of the best ever, he will revert to form and continue his HOF career.

There's Mickey Tettleton who was more of a power hitter than speed guy.

May 27, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Let here it for the Angels they are making positive head lines after almost two months of the season has pass. But the Times needs to remember wild card only no division winner with the Ranges there in their way.

May 27, 2012  02:54 PM ET

Glad to see Pujols is finally hitting again. I hope he can get close to .300/30/100 again. He waited quite late to get going so we'll see how it goes by the end.

May 27, 2012  04:13 PM ET
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What idiot expected the Angels to struggle all year?They have Pujols and several other good hitters. They have maybe the best 1-2-3-4 punch in an MLB rotation. Yes, they have holes, but they are a good ballclub.

Me... As a Rangers fan, I was hoping...

May 27, 2012  10:28 PM ET
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Let here it for the Angels they are making positive head lines after almost two months of the season has pass. But the Times needs to remember wild card only no division winner with the Ranges there in their way.

I need to cut and paste this into Google Translate.

 
May 31, 2012  08:55 AM ET

I will break down in sixth grade grammar Mr. Bishop. The Rangers will win the division and maybe the Angels can win a wild card spot.

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