While Albert Pujols made noise with a buzzer-beating win in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday, it was teammate Mike Trout who made quite a racket over the final week before the All-Star Break, leading the big leagues in home runs (5) and RBIs (10), earning the final Scout Hot Sheet Player of the Week award of the first half.
Trout’s five home runs were two more than any other player in the Major Leagues, and his 26 total bases over six games were six more than Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who came in second.
Trout went 11-for-23 over the six final games before the break, finishing the week with a .478 average, which tied for second in the big leagues behind the Rockies’ Charles Blackmon.
Trout’s .556 on-base percentage was good for third in the bigs, and his 1.130 slugging percentage was the best in baseball. He also paced both circuits with a 1.686 OPS.
During this last week, Trout tallied at least two base hits in four of six games, and in three games tallied at least five total bases, with a home run and a single against the Rockies on July 7, two dingers against Colorado the very next day in a 3-2 win at Coors Field, and two homers and a single against the division rival Seattle Mariners on July 10. On three occasions in the past week, Trout has recorded at least two RBIs, highlighted by his 3-for-5, two-run, two-homer, four-RBI day at Safeco Field to power a 7-3 win on Friday.
Trout finished the first half with at least one base hit in 11 of his final 12 games, including a seven-game hitting streak that he’ll try to extend once the Angels hit the field again when they host the Red Sox on July 17.