Amidst the carnage that is the Los Angeles Angels’ offense, an imposing yet graceful warrior has risen from the trenches.
His name is Mark Trumbo.
A former 18th-round draft pick, this 6’4” 225 lb. wrecking-crew of a man has terrorized American League pitchers thus far this season.
As Chicago White Sox’ hurlers discovered Thursday afternoon in LA, Trumbo is becoming one nightmare of a matchup. While the rest of the Angels’ lineup muddled along, unable to muster much of an offensive in a 6-1 loss Trumbo flat raked the baseball.
Of the Angels’ six hits, Trumbo achieved three singles and a double in a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate. A great day for Trumbo indeed, this is by no means a "one-hit wonder" of a day for this mighty figure.
Through 30 games and 100 at-bats this season, Trumbo is hitting .370 with six home runs and 16 RBI.
Trumbo’s slugging percent is .640. In this category, only Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, Brian LaHair and Carlos Beltran have been better in the big leagues this season. On top of that, Trumbo’s OPS is 1.067.
More impressive, Trumbo’s statistics the past 10 games are ridiculous. During this stretch, Trumbo has hit .500 with 18 hits in 36 at-bats. He also has two home runs and five RBI to accompany five multi-hit games.
So much for that sophomore slump fans fear. “Trumbomb,” as he is now called, is fast solidifying himself as the Angels third baseman of the future.
Whether Trumbo will maintain this torrid pace is anyone’s guess. This is both the beauty and torture of America’s pastime.
But with that said, one thing is for certain: this prolific ballplayer is fast becoming a fan favorite, both in LA and throughout the game of baseball.