Los Angeles Angels News Roundup: Mike Trout on a career-high slump, Joe Maddon’s frustrations grow; All-Star Anthony Rendon battles wrist injury, may resume on-field activities soon

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have fallen down a rabbit hole of losses over the past two weeks. At this point, the hole has no end in sight. It’s 11 straight losses deep. Everyone knows there is an end somewhere. It’s just not visible now.

This is the kind of tumbling disaster that derails seasons. The Angels have been swept three times in a row. First, a struggling Toronto Blue Jays team arrived at Angel Stadium and won all four games of a weekend series. Then the Angels flew to the Bronx. The New York Yankees promptly defeated them in a three-game set. And just today, the Los Angeles Angels blew a four-point lead to the Philadelphia Phillies and were swept in another three-game series.

The #Angels lost their 11th straight game and Mike Trout’s hitless streak extends to career-worst 26 ABs; the #Phillies are 3-0 under Rob Thomson.

“The #Angels lost their 11th straight game and Mike Trout’s hitless streak extends to the worst 26 ABs of his career; the #Phillies are 3-0 under Rob Thomson.” – @Bob Nightengale

Manager Joe Maddon has said he is not worried about the team in the long run. He admits their struggle is “hard to see,” but he is confident. But do the players have confidence in themselves? Mike Trout has never had it this hard in his career. Shohei Ohtani was relieved in his last start against the Yankees. Third baseman Anthony Rendon has been sidelined for almost two weeks now.

The Los Angeles Angels were 24-13 exactly 3 weeks ago. They now have a losing record (27-28) and have lost 11 consecutive games.

“The Los Angeles Angels were 24-13 exactly 3 weeks ago. They now have a losing record (27-28) and have lost 11 consecutive games” – @ Danny Vietti

The Los Angeles Angels are too talented not to turn things around. The only question is when will that happen? And will it be too late?

Los Angeles Angels News Feed: June 5, 2022

Mike Trout on a career-high slump streak

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been hitting .114 since May 26.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been hitting .114 since May 26.

When Toronto visited Angel Stadium a few weeks ago, it hit Mike Trout hard. He seems to have forgotten how to hit. Since May 25, a day before the Blue Jays arrived, Trout has only four hits to his name over 42 at bats. He has walked only once and struckout 16 in that time, showing how bad his plate approach and discipline have been. His batting average was a pitiful .103 and his on-base percentage was barely higher at .167.

Trout is frustrated. Skipper Joe Maddon is frustrated. It’s clear that Trout must succeed if his team wants it to. Their losing streak began at the same time as his slump. Maddon thinks Trout is just exaggerating.

“He’s just trying a little too hard; that’s how I see it,” Maddon said. “He’s one of the leaders of the team. He wants it to be right. He wants to get us there. He’s a very responsible person. He’s all these different things, and I think maybe he’s trying a little too hard .”

Mike Trout knows the results will come. He has confidence in himself. Right now he’s just working on his patience.

“I’m in it now,” Trout said. “I just have to find a way out.”

All-Star Anthony Rendon battles wrist injury but can resume on-field activities soon

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon has been out with a wrist injury since May 28.
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon has been out with a wrist injury since May 28.

Anthony Rendon’s absence was another reason for the Los Angeles Angels’ battle. The third baseman pinched his wrist in mid-May, but played through and worsened the injury. On May 28, he reached the Angels’ 10-day injury list and has remained there ever since.

The 31-year-old is vital to his team’s success, but he is having a hard time staying healthy. Last season, he played in just 58 games. This season, he recorded a batting average of .242 and .738 on-base plus slugging percentage over 173 at bats.

At the moment there is no clear timetable for his return. That said, Rendon is reportedly close to beginning on-field activity. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger said Rendon was recently re-evaluated by a doctor, who said the injury was healing well.


Edited by Jodi Whisenhunt

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