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Mike Trout is chewing up Major League Baseball and spitting out one historical moment of amazement after another. With 20 more home runs, he will be half way to Tim Salmon's career total.

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Nice weekend for Mike Trout, yes? 8 for 12 with 4 runs scored and 7 runs batted in. 3 home runs, 2 walks, and 1 stolen base against 2 strikeouts. Young Master Trout now leads all of MLB with 31 home runs on the season...and accelerating. Yesterday was his 3rd multi-homer game over his last 14. And he has 9 homers in that span.

TROUT PORN, because the current amount of Trout Porn is tremendously insufficient:

But here we are on an off-day, so have some pre-Astro Summit Links:

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Angels Baseball

The Upcoming Series:

Los Angeles Angels @ Houston Astros - Angels Stadium, Anaheim, CA.

Day Game Time Probable Pitchers TV
TUESDAY 5:10 PM PDT C.J. Wilson (8-7, 3.59 ERA) vs. Collin McHugh (11-5, 4.25 ERA) FSW
WEDNESDAY 5:10 PM PDT Garrett Richards (10-7, 3.25 ERA) vs. Lance McCullers (4-3, 2.60 ERA) FSW, ESPN
THURSDAY 5:10 PM PDT Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 4.55 ERA) vs. Scott Kazmir (6-5, 2.38 ERA) FSW




From the official team Game Notes: "HOUSTON ON DECK: 2015 season series it knotted at 5-5 (LAA is 1-2 on road)…LAA is 12-5 in last 17 home games vs. Astros but 3-7 in last 10 at Minute Maid Park…Angels claimed 2014 series 12-7…Pujols’ 48 HRs are most all-time vs. Astros (46; Hank Aaron; regular season only)…Trout has 10 runs, six home runs, three doubles, a triple and 12 RBI in his last 14 contests vs. Houston."

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Mike Trout: While we are having Trout Fun, check it out: The list of All-Time Players and their home run totals before their 24th birthday is as follows:

Player Number of Home Runs
Eddie Mathews 153
Mel Ott 153
Ken Griffey, Jr. 132
Frank Robinson 130
Mike Trout 129

Matt Joyce: Joyce suffers an "apparent" concussion after using his head to engage with Erick Aybar's shin at speed  yesterday. Concussions, as we have learned over the past 5 years, are to be taken very serious. Now to the noviceTrout has 9 more games before he turns 24 on August 7th. To a novice such as you or me, it would seem obvious that a concussion had been inflicted. But medical science is an amazing thing. They might know better than we that Joyce has been playing without much of a brain for months now. Thus, they can only render an early diagnosis of "apparent"..............

Post-Joyce: It's no secret that the Joyce Project has failed and the LAA Front Office is looking everywhere to shore up the hole left behind in the wake of Hambone's floppage. The latest rumor has Indians LF David Murphy in their sights..............

Speedy: A couple of things happened yesterday that were special, as in "special" with a lower-case 's". Albert Pujols somehow stole a base on a pitch thrown in the dirt, blocked by the catcher, then bobbled and dropped by same said catcher. Pujols joins Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players in history with a career BA of .300 or better, at least 500 home runs, and at least 100 stolen bases............And Trout's first-inning home run marked the fastest that any Halo reached 30 homers in a season, at 97 games.

Econ 201: Mike Trout has been a huge bargain, and will continue to be even after the Halos pay him $135 million over the 6 years from 2016-2020. Already, as documented over at BTB, Trout has generated a surplus value of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. But here is a cool addition in that link. While Pujols' contract may be an albatross at the back end of his contract (assuming he doesn't walk away from it out of pride), so far he has actually been a surplus in value as well. Even with his horrible 2013 season he has generated a net surplus value against his contract of $4mm.............

Decisions, Decisions: Some day we will have a new manager and I will have new things that frustrate me about how that new manager runs a game. For now all I have is Mike Scioscia, so all I've got are frustrations directed at him. That Saturday night game, for example, when I am trying to follow while vacationing with family and trying to keep up though the little info that comes from a cellphone monitoring a web app is tough. Not as tough as learning later that Erick Aybar and Joe Smith turned a 6-4 win into a 6-7 loss.  But as I watched the game flip out of control, and doing so with long pauses and big jumps in the weak-assed app updates, there was one easy thing to see. Trevor Gott had come in during the 6th inning and got Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder out while using only 7 pitches, 5 of which were strikes. So of course the best strategy is to remove him? I just have to wonder how many other professions find defensible reasons to stop using a successful resource just because that actual success doesn't fit the preferred way for which future success should come?..............

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Cole Hamels: Hamels throws a no-hitter against the Cubs in what might be his last outing as a Phillie. Wouldn't it be ultra-ironic should Hamels be traded to the Cubs?.............

Zack Greinke: Greinke lost his scoreless inning streak in the worst way. The batter at the time was the opposing pitcher, and the run scored because Greinke's own infielder chose to let it happen............

Blue Jays: The Blue Jays pulled off an enormous blunder, one worthy of Laurel and Hardy. They ran themselves into a triple play against the Mariners..............

Johnny Cueto: The Royals were the ones who pulled the trigger on Cueto. As Jeff Sullivan points out over at Fangraphs, it's not as if the Royals actually needed a Cueto, so this makes the Royals all the more dangerous............

Hall of Fame: this year's class was inducted yesterday. The star of the show was Pedro Martinez. Martinez is from the Dominican Republic, the same DR that Colin Cowherd slammed for their poor academic qualities, earning him an early boot from ESPN (he was on his way over to FOX Sports, anyway)...........

Scott Kazmir: The Astros picked up Kazmir from Oakland, as we reported Friday. But this trade resulted in some fun Minor League outcomes, as players switched dugouts during a game...............

Reggie: Reggie Jackson took on the outlandish behavior of profit-seeking autograph hounds over the weekend, and is getting the worse for it.....He is trying to apologize now, but probably too late for some fans. Liek the one who feel that the famous owe them $150 dollar autographs for free, on demand, and at their own convenience..................

PEDS divided by 3: FiveThirtyEight did a SurveyMonkey poll and discovered that they can ask just the right questions using just the right methodology to entice 1/3 of the respondents into shaving off a lump of the PEDS era statistical results..........

Baseball Archeology: There was a before Moneyball, and it was more than Bill James. Learn something about AVM Systems...........

Upscale: The Blue Jays have some pretty damned nice digs as their locker room. I had no idea............