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Mike Trout credits Albert Pujols for recovery

May 12, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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On the heels of a historically-great 2012 season in which he finished as a runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP race, Angels outfielder Mike Trout started off 2013 very slowly. Through the first ten games, he was hitting .227 with 12 strikeouts in 47 plate appearances. He would proceed to have multi-hit games in six out of his next seven games and hasn’t stopped lighting the American League up since.

Trout credits Albert Pujols for his early-season recovery, tweets Buster Olney:

Pujols hasn’t had the same success, unfortunately. Dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Pujols enters tonight’s game against the White Sox hitting .239 with a sub-.600 OPS in the month of May. The 33-year-old is in the second year of a ten-year, $240 million contract with the Angels.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    How do you lower your stance? Does it mean that he crouches more?

    • dondada10 - May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Maybe, in addition to crouching more, one could lower (or quiet) his hands.

      Think Andrew McCutchen, who keeps his hands low and his bat rested on his shoulders.

  2. duckthefodgers - May 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Pujols should give himself more advice.

  3. dondada10 - May 12, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    If the internet has thought me anything, that last sentence should end with “lol.”

  4. bendover09 - May 13, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Are you really going to question a man who has hit a career .323 BA for 13 years? Not to mention a clutch hitter. I don’t care for the man, but he obviously knows what he is talking about when it comes to hitting.

  5. billyboots - May 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I heard Pujols gave Trout all of his tWtW.

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