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Mike Trout hits for cycle in Angels’ rout of Mariners

May 22, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

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Saving the home run for last, Mike Trout recorded his first career cycle Tuesday as the Angels crushed the Mariners 12-0.

Trout struck out in his first at-bat of the night before singling in the third, tripling in the fourth, doubling in the sixth and homering in the eighth. He ended the game with five RBI, and he also picked up his ninth steal to go along with his ninth homer.

The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin pointed out that the 21-year-old Trout is the youngest player to hit for the cycle since Hall of Famer Mel Ott did so in 1929. It was also the perfect answer to Miguel Cabrera‘s three-homer game Sunday in light of the subsequent revisiting of the 2012 MVP race.

After a slow start, Trout, the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up last season, is currently on pace for 32 homers and 32 steals, as well as 112 runs scored and a whopping 122 RBI. He’s hitting .343 in May to raise his overall average to .293.

Of course, as impressive as his numbers are, they’re still not a match for Cabrera’s this year. And his defense isn’t yet making up the difference, at least not according to WAR. Plus, any chance of Trout factoring into the MVP race will likely hinge on the Angels’ playing much better ball from here on in. At 18-27, they have a better record than only the Astros in the American League.

  1. norvturnersneck - May 22, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Go Angels!

  2. benrob99 - May 22, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    MVP or not… The kid is a hell of a ballplayer.

    • asimonetti88 - May 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      It is a pleasure to watch him.

  3. seeinred87 - May 22, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Nice. The first of many, let’s hope.

    Also, let me be the first to mention Bryce Harper in this thread.

  4. supershat - May 22, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Nice job beating up on the M’s. Who is in first in the West? Oh yeah, the Rangers.

  5. baseballisboring - May 22, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    I strongly suspect this will not be the last cycle he hits for…

  6. papalurchdxb - May 22, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    with performances like this, I find it impossible to understand how he wasn’t MVP last year.

    • papalurchdxb - May 22, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Good to see – thumbs down from people who obviously don’t understand sarcasm.

      • abaird2012 - May 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        Or baseball.

      • ptfu - May 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Or calendars.

  7. markofapro - May 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Why draw the comparison to Cabrera? This is Trout’s night and about him,

    • witeman10 - May 22, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      haha the debate never ends…ever. miggy also hit another HR last night. but i wish people could just appreciate each players individual greatness rather than trying to diminish the others accomplishments over a stupid MVP argument. they are different types of players, both great. and both had MVP caliber seasons last year, unfortunately only one player could win the award.

      but what if Miggy wins the Quadruple crown this season? i.e. leads the league in Average, HRs, RBIs, and WAR. currently leads the league in two, is one back of lead in HRs, and is 2nd in WAR according to fangraphs. I’m guessing if he does that there will be no debate over whether he deserves MVP this year? actually probably not…people like to argue too much. especially on the internet.

      im tired of this tho, im just gonna sit back and enjoy watching two very special ballplayers do their thing.

      • baseballisboring - May 22, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        I agree completely that there’s no need to be bringing up the 2012 MVP race right now. But it’s a misconception that WAR is looked at as a be all end all number. The point of sabermetrics is to look at as many numbers as possible. And WAR is a way to TRY to sum it all up in one number, but everyone knows WAR is a bit rough. So leading the league in WAR would not gain Cabrera or anyone else the “sabermetric vote” automatically. Trout’s case last year could be explained easily without WAR. But yeah…sick of the rehashing. There are 29 teams that wish they had Trout, and 29 teams that wish they had Cabrera.

      • papalurchdxb - May 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        People will compare for as long as there are statistics to look at – and there is no issue with that at all.

        The problem is when personal preference – be it logical or otherwise – start to cloud every discussion and take away from what the facts represent themselves. People wish MT had won MVP last year because it made great stories – The Rookie who took the world by storm – he did that anyway, regardless of the MVP title.

        The fact was MC had a simply stunning season and earned the MVP.

        It’s great that there are two players who generate such heated debate, but to refer achievements of 2013 to that of 2012 as some sort of justification is just nonsense, not based on any form of logic.

        As you say, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

  8. 13arod - May 22, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    trout is starting to get hotter

  9. deadeyedesign23 - May 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Why do we still care about the cycle? Not hating, I’m actually curious.

    • jm91rs - May 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Just the rarity of it.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        But it’s not even that rare. It happens 3 or 4 times a year and it’s not impressive like a no hitter. If a player went 4-4 with 2 home runs a double and a single it wouldn’t be of note at all.

    • Dan Camponovo - May 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      I too wonder about this (without hating). Give me a 2-hr, 2 double (12 total bases) vs. a cycle (10 total bases) any day of the week. Also, I can’t remember specifics, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen in my lifetime a player hit a triple, homerun, double, then smoke a hit in his fourth at-bat, and wonder — is he going to stop at first for the cycle, or take the double like he should?

    • stlouis1baseball - May 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      “Why do we still care about the cycle?”

      Because it’s one of the hardest things to in sports?

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 22, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        It is most certainly not one of the hardest things to do in sports. Things it’s not harder than:

        Getting more than 10 total bases in a game
        Perfect Game
        No Hitter
        Complete Game Shutout
        Hole in one
        Returning a kickoff for a touchdown
        Triple Doubles in basketball

        Point being it’s more a silly anomoly than anything else. The problem I have with ti is a player could have a better day at the plate (11, 12, 13 total bases etc) and it wouldn’t get a mention.

    • asimonetti88 - May 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      “Why do we still care about the cycle?”

      Because it’s cool?

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Is it?

    • stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      I understand where you are coming from.
      Although I don’t necessarily agree with the triple double.
      I would guess (at a minimum)…there will have been more triple doubles in the NBA this season (any season)….than MLB players hitting for the cycle. Most likely not even close. Even with the Baseball season being twice as long as Basketball season. I also think there will might be more complete game shutouts this year.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Yeah but that’s making the case that its rarer than a triple double not more difficult. If you had an arbitrary number to hit for each statistic like 13 points 12 rebounds 11 assists then there would be much less of them. Or more to the point I be willing to bet that if you adjust for the difference in length of season the number of games where players get 10 or more total bases in a game it would be higher than the number of people with triple doues.

  10. stex52 - May 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    2012 is so ancient history. Trout is great. Cabrera is great. Enjoy the baseball. We will fight that fight in October.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Hey, wait, UPS just delivered 12,000 Florida ballots from 2000. What should I do with them?

      • stlouis1baseball - May 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        I say…1-2-3…the crew is called BDP
        And if you wanna go to the tip top…stop the violence in the hip-hop, Y-O.

  11. jimmyt - May 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    How did Albert do?

    • abaird2012 - May 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Two singles.

  12. soundsofsuccess7 - May 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Trout started pretty slow.

    Unfortunately he probably shouldn’t get the MVP this year because of it~ but I’m not saying its impossible.

  13. fhuizar - May 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Angels are finding their groove. If they can get to 5 games out at the ASB. They’ll be in the thick of it for the division and WC considering how poorly they started. I can see another Texas sized choke job in the future

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