Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have spent the past two weeks falling down a rabbit hole of losses. Right now, the hole has no end in sight. That’s 11 straight losses. Everyone knows there is an end somewhere. It’s just not visible right now.
It’s the kind of tumultuous disaster that derails the seasons. The Angels have been swept three times in a row. First, a struggling Toronto Blue Jays team arrived at Angel Stadium and won all four games in a weekend series. Then the angels flew to the Bronx. The New York Yankees quickly swept them in a three-game set. And just today, the Los Angeles Angels blew a four-point lead against the Philadelphia Phillies and were swept in another three-game series.
“#Angels lost their 11th straight game and Mike Trout’s no-hitter streak stretches to a career-worst 26 ABs; #Phillies are 3-0 under Rob Thomson.” – @Bob Nightengale
Manager Joe Maddon said he was not worried about the team long term. He admits their struggles are “hard to watch,” but he has faith. But do the players have confidence in them? Mike Trout has never struggled so much in his career. Shohei Ohtani lit up in his last start against the Yankees. Third baseman Anthony Rendon has been out for almost two weeks now.
“The Los Angeles Angels were 24-13 exactly 3 weeks ago. Now they have a losing record (27-28) and have lost 11 straight” – @Danny Vietti
The Los Angeles Angels are too talented not to turn things around. The only questions are when will this happen? And will it be too late?
Los Angeles Angels News Roundup: June 5, 2022
Mike Trout on a career meltdown streak
When Toronto visited Angel Stadium a few weeks ago, it hit Mike Trout hard. He seems to have forgotten how to strike. Since May 25, a day before the Blue Jays arrived, Trout has recorded just four hits in 42 plate appearances. He only walked once and struck 16 times in that span, showing just how poor his approach to home plate and his discipline were. His batting average was a pitiful .103 and his on-base percentage was barely higher at .167.
Trout is frustrated. Captain Joe Maddon is frustrated. Clearly, Trout must succeed if his team wants him to. Their losing streak began at the same time as his downfall. Maddon thinks Trout thinks too much.
“He just tries a little too hard; that’s how I see it,” Maddon said. “He’s one of the leaders of the team. He wants it to be fair. He wants to take us there. He is a very responsible human being. He’s all these different things, and I think he’s maybe trying a little too hard.
Mike Trout knows the results will come. He has confidence in himself. Right now, he’s just working on his patience.
“I’m in it right now,” Trout said. “I just have to find a way out of this.”
All-Star Anthony Rendon battles wrist injury but could return to on-field activity soon
Another reason for the Los Angeles Angels’ struggles was the absence of Anthony Rendon. The third baseman twisted his wrist in mid-May, but pushed through the injury and made it worse. On May 28, he went on the Angels’ 10-day disabled list and has remained there ever since.
The 31-year-old is essential to his team’s success, but he struggles to stay healthy. Last season he only played 58 games. This season, he recorded a .242 batting average and .738 on base plus slugging percentage in 173 plate appearances.
For the moment, there is no precise timetable for his return. That being said, Rendon is reportedly close to beginning field activities. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger said Rendon was recently re-evaluated by a doctor, who said the injury was healing well.