Today’s Mike Trout home run came against the Mariners, which shouldn’t be a surprise since the 41 home runs Trout has against Seattle are his most against any opponent, and his .641 slugging percentage against the M’s is his highest against any American League team.
Felix Hernandez started against the Mariners, which should also set off alarm bells since he’s faced Trout more than any other pitcher (99 plate appearances, 38 more than anyone else), and has allowed eight homers to Trout, with only one other pitcher (James Shields) giving up more than four.
Trout doubled against Hernandez in the fourth inning but was stranded in scoring position. Down 2-1 in the sixth inning, Rafael Ortega was on first base for Trout, who launched a ball 435 feet and over the hedges in center field:
That gave the Angels a 3-2 lead in a game they would win 4-2. Trout hit seven home runs in 17 games against the Mariners in 2016, slugging .730 against Seattle.
This was the fifth of eight career homers against Hernandez for Trout, his third home run of the season, and his 142nd career homer.