Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout is off to arguably the best start of his Hall of Fame career and is the betting favorite at William Hill Sportsbook to win yet another MVP Award. However, Trout suffered a right calf strain in Monday's win over the visiting Cleveland Indians, and judging by his immediate reaction is going to miss some time –perhaps land on the injured list. The Angels host the Indians again Tuesday with L.A. currently a -121 favorite on the MLB odds, but that may change when/if Trout is ruled out.
Trout walked in the bottom of the first inning Monday but came up gimpy while running from second to third as Jared Walsh popped out to end the inning. Trout was removed from the game and slammed his helmet as he went down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse. Players tend to know how injured they are immediately.
"I saw nothing. I looked up and he was limping to the third base bag,'' Manager Joe Maddon said. "It was kind of innocuous, and I had no idea why. It was hurting him pretty good.''
Trout will have an MRI today, but it's probably safe to say he's missing at least this game. Trout also suffered a right calf strain in 2019, missing three games from July 15-18. The 29-year-old is batting .333/.466/.624 with eight homers, eight doubles and 18 RBIs in 36 games. His on-base percentage of .466 leads the league by a mile as does his OPS of 1.090. Trout had been in a 0-for-18 slump before singling in the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Red Sox.
Trout was replaced in the top of the second inning Monday in center field by Juan Lagares, who slid over from left. However, then Lagares left injured himself late and his status is unknown.
Even with Trout and Shohei Ohtani (hit his MLB-leading 13th homer of the season Monday; he likely would take over as MVP betting favorite if Trout misses significant time) having magnificent seasons, the Angels are 18-22 and fourth in the AL West largely because their starting pitching other than Ohtani stinks.
L.A. goes with lefty Andrew Heaney (1-3, 4.75) on Tuesday. He was roughed up for five runs and nine hits over 5.1 innings last time out vs. Houston as the Halos lost his fourth straight outing. Only a few current Indians have ever faced him.
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac (3-3, 3.56) went seven no-hit innings in Seattle last time out and ended up allowing two runs and two hits over eight. He has allowed just those two runs over his past 21.2 innings. No Angels hitter has more than four at-bats against Plesac. Trout hadn't seen him and Ohtani is 0-for-2 with a walk.
Even with Monday's loss, Cleveland is 8-3 in its past 11 at the Angels. This writer is backing the Indians on the MLB picks.
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