We’re back for the Mike Trout home run daily, and today’s random number generator brings us back to July 2019, the most prolific home run month of Trout’s career.
The Angels were finishing up a six-game road trip on Sunday afternoon, July 7, 2019 in Houston, facing Astros starter Jose Urquidy on the final day before the All-Star break. Trout struck out and flew out in his first two at-bats, but the Angels still built a 7-4 lead. Trout added one to that leading off the sixth inning, against Collin McHugh.
Houston fought back to tie the game, but Trout gave the Angels back the lead with a two-run home run in the eighth against Will Harris.
The two home runs gave Trout an American League-leading 28, setting a franchise record for most home runs before the All-Star break.
July 2019 was Trout’s best career home run month, hitting 13, and this was during the most concentrated power burst of his career. He had two two-homer games in five days, and was in the midst of a seven game stretch that saw him hit eight total home runs, hitting a home run in six of the seven games.
Trout at the All-Star break was hitting .301/.453/.646, leading the majors in fWAR (5.8), on-base percentage (.453), and wRC+ (183), and leading the AL in home runs, RBI (67), and slugging percentage (.646).
Unfortunately for the Angels, Houston rallied to tie in the bottom of the eighth, then tallied the winning run in the 10th.