Trout's quieter August not a concern

Trout's quieter August not a concern

Trout's quieter August not a concern
DETROIT -- Fans at Comerica Park witnessed some Mike Trout history this weekend, but not the kind Angels fans are used to. For only the fourth time this season, Trout went hitless in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

One of those occurrences came in his first two games in the Majors this year, while another came on May 22-23. Before this weekend in Detroit, the last time it happened was June 15-16 against the D-backs.

After posting a .372 batting average in June, and following it up with an even more impressive .392 average in July, Trout is batting below the .300 mark in August for the first time in any month this year.

But manager Mike Scioscia is far from being concerned.

"He's a talented kid, but even young talented kids [are] going to have [the] ups and downs of a season," Scioscia said. "As consistent as he's been, which has been remarkable for guys who have seen it every day, there's going to be those times when you're a little bit off and hits don't fall in and all that kind of stuff."

Asked if it might be due to pitchers figuring out Trout's tendencies, the skipper quickly disposed of that theory.

"They've had a book on him and were adjusting from the first month," Scioscia said. "And teams have faced him two, three times after, so it's not like teams have just started to make adjustments.

"I don't think there's anything to say like, 'Oh my gosh, this or that or long season.' He's holding up remarkably well, and I think he's going to finish strong."

For Mark Trumbo, it's been a much tougher month. He's hit .209 with three home runs -- his fewest in any month besides April, when he wasn't an everyday player.

Scioscia said there is value in giving a guy a day off, but it hasn't reached that point with Trumbo.

"He's been in some funks where he'll go up there and have a tough night, a tough three at-bats and he'll come up for a fourth at-bat and make adjustments and he's right there," Scioscia said. "Where [did] the adjustments come [from]? You're not exactly sure. But you know they will come, and when they do, you want him in the lineup."