Trumbo playing above rookie status

Trumbo playing above rookie status

Trumbo playing above rookie status
ANAHEIM -- In his first full season with the Angels, Mark Trumbo has looked nothing like the rookie he is -- and he's got the numbers to prove it.

After hitting a home run and driving in four runs on Thursday against the Twins, Trumbo is on pace to become the first rookie in Angels history to lead the team in both home runs (21) and RBIs (62).

The Halos' first baseman has also banged out three home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 13 games, and driven in at least one with each of his last 10 hits heading into play on Friday.

"He's swinging the bat better, and we've been setting the table better for him," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "His opportunities are a little bit up, and he's taking advantage of it."

Making adjustments around how he feels at the plate, Trumbo hasn't made any measurable changes the last few weeks.

"I didn't really know what to imagine this season," Trumbo said. "I am fortunate to get the opportunities and, with enough at-bats, I've found a groove."

While he has moved back and forth between the six- and seven-hole, Trumbo has compiled two home runs and seven RBIs in his last two games in the six-spot.

"Whether he is hitting sixth or seventh isn't as important as guys in front of him setting the table," Scioscia said. "This last week, he's had some combination of guys doing that for him."