With the upcoming changes to the Major League Baseball schedule for the 2023 season, where each team will play at least one series against every other team in baseball, teams will be required to lose six games – one home and one road series – against their division rivals. hopefully. ,
On the positive side for the Mariners, this means six fewer games facing perennial MVP that is Angels center fielder Mike Trout and he has to hit his pitching staff like no other baseball player — past or present — has played a role in the franchise. done in existence.
Of course, there are still 14 more games to go against them this season.
How much more damage can he do?
On Sunday, Trout captured one of the most impressive hitting performances in recent history, breaking a two-run homer – his fifth in a five-match series – to lead the Angels to a 4-0 victory. For.
The Angels won four out of five games in the series, with Trout’s four homers being considered “game-winning” homers as they proved to be the difference in the game. Mariners starter Logan Gilbert’s two-run homer in the fourth inning on Sunday proved to be the game-winner as Seattle failed to score.
In the Angels’ four wins over Seattle, Trout scored a total of nine with his five homers, while the Mariners scored a total of three.
He now has 52 homers in 172 games and 747 career plate appearances against the Mariners. This links him with Rafael Palmeiro for the most homers by an opposing player in franchise history. Palmeiro played in 216 games and had 917 plate career plate appearances versus Seattle.
Trout now has 33 homers at T-Mobile Park in 88 games. He was overtaken by Mike Cameron, who hit 30 homers in 310 games, and Ken Griffey Jr., who had 29 homers in 116 games at the stadium.
After firing a 96-mph fastball on Trout’s hands to bring the ground ball to third base for a double play in the first inning, Gilbert found himself in a protracted fight at first base with Taylor Ward in the fourth inning. Found in and got no out.
After going over and inside the first pitch ball, Gilbert went 1-2 when Trout swung through a 96-mph fastball in the middle and a 95-mph fastball called a strike at the outside corner. used to go.
Gilbert stayed with the fastball as Trout took off the 97-mph and 96-mph pitches. Trout completed the count when he would not chase two elevated fastballs out of the strike zone.
Trout fouled another fastball to the outside corner, spoiling the strikeout. Gilbert fired his ninth fastball on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. It should have been at the top of the field. was among. Trout crushed it over the fence in right-center.
“I was getting a few pitches to hit before that, but I was missing them,” Trout said.
Gilbert believes he would have been missing if the pitch had gone there.
“If we execute on the pitch, I think we can get him there,” Gilbert said. “But we are trying different scenes after seeing what he has done in the last few matches, so it will always be tough. It just comes down to executing your pitches.”
Throwing a trout nine straight fastball is not a specific sequence for most pitchers.
Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said, “You can go up and throw whatever you want to throw, when it goes off like that, usually leading four or five batters, then He’s going to go into one.”
While the Mariners are going to deliberately walk away from the fan base every time he comes to the plate or even when he gets to the on-deck circle, the logical side of baseball is not going to do that, no matter how much success. Yes, he was against the Mariners.
It was the fourth inning of a 0-0 game and Gilbert has arguably the best stuff of anyone on staff. Manager Scott Servais wanted to see his young starter battle with the Trout.
“Logan Gilbert is not going to hold back,” Servais said. “He shouldn’t. He’s tremendous talent. He’s got a ton of confidence. It doesn’t matter who’s in the box. He’ll go after him. He’s got four quality pitches. He went after Trout, he Challenged him with the fastball to get the first double play. And he went after him again with the fastball, but you have to get the fastball to the right of the strike zone. He didn’t. He left it on top of the plate. Diya. And Mike Trout is the hottest guy to walk in right now. Whatever he hits, he goes over the fence.”
The over-intense Gilbert wouldn’t consider giving in to Trout in that case. He wants to defeat her. He believes he can beat her.
“We try to treat it like any other batsman,” he said. “I mean, he’s really good, but there are really good players in this league. That’s what the league is made of. So I really don’t shy away from anyone. I’ll go right after him.”
It is this mindset that the Mariners believe has made Gilbert their best starter this season. He is aggressive and competitive and with a bit of a bad streak.
“You’re in the big leagues,” Servais said. “Logan is one of the top 10 pitchers in this league right now. And I think his numbers probably support it. He’ll go right behind him. But you have to execute. And when you don’t execute and you get that ball doesn’t get where it needs to be, so you pay the price. Logan doesn’t hold back and he follows them right [in the next at-bat] And got him out.”