Mark Trumbo: Why the Home Run Derby Won't Ruin Angels Slugger's Season

Michael C. JonesContributor IIIJuly 18, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10:  American League All-Star Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at bat during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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He’s one half of the “T&T” combo and part of the reason the Los Angeles Angels are within striking distance of the Texas Rangers after starting so poorly in 2012.

Mark Trumbo is also one of the best players in the American League and was recognized as such as an All-Star reserve and Home Run Derby participant. Because of his success in the marquee event, it’s worth asking the question:

Should Angels fans be worried about the Home Run Derby potentially derailing Trumbo’s first-half success and breakout season?

Though it’s worth asking given the event’s history of producing player slumps, the answer in Trumbo’s case is a resounding not in the least.

The slugger has six home runs in his last eight games, and leads the American League with a .634 slugging percentage. He leads the majors in home runs and RBI since May 25 with 20 and 46, respectively. The potential hangover from the Home Run Derby is already far in his rear view mirror, and the Angels have more important business to take care of.

As of July 18, the Angels are 5.5 games back of the Rangers and will face the always dangerous squad this weekend in Anaheim as the team begins a nine-game home stand. Seven of the next 13 games will be against Texas, and will present a prime opportunity for the Halos to take first place.

Trumbo has proven he can handle big moments, and the upcoming test against the division rivals will be yet another opportunity to show that he’s going to be among the league’s best for a long time.

The Home Run Derby is already a distant memory.