ANAHEIM -- Asked if he ever finds himself taking a step back to beam over the numbers he's putting up, Angels slugger Mark Trumbo says: "Never. Just keep the foot on the accelerator."
So, we'll do it for him.
Heading into Tuesday's game against the Giants, Trumbo leads the Angels in OPS (.996), homers (16) and RBIs (42), while batting .319 with a .376 on-base percentage -- a far cry from the .254 clip and .291 on-base percentage that put a sour note on an otherwise-solid rookie season.
Since May 27, Trumbo is tied for the Major League lead in homers (10) and leads all of baseball in RBIs (23). And he's currently on pace to join Vladimir Guerrero (2004) and Garret Anderson ('03) as the only players in club history to hit .315 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs before the All-Star break, pretty much making him a shoo-in for this year's Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.
"I don't care about the batting average," Trumbo said. "I think people get wrapped up in what their batting average is and lose track of what's important. For me, it's driving the ball, driving in runs, getting on base, not lamenting too much over if this is falling, if that's falling. I just go out there and hit the ball hard."
Trumbo may not care, but his batting average (.319) is dead even against lefties and righties, making him an ideal candidate to bat cleanup behind Albert Pujols on an everyday basis. Throughout the year, though, Kendrys Morales (.270 batting average, seven homers and 23 RBIs) has been batting fourth against righties and Trumbo has been batting there against lefties.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't plan on changing that just yet.
"For our team to really get to where we need, Kendrys really needs to be a big part of it," Scioscia said. "There's no plans right now to move him out of the cleanup spot against [righties]."