As the baseball world focuses their hearts and minds on the greatness that is reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown adorned Miguel Cabrera, one cannot help but feel sorry for Mike Trout. Poor Mike Trout. Woe is Mike Trout. While Miggy is earning praise and adulation from every corner of the globe, Trout is mired in the sad state of being merely pretty good.
What is a jilted MVP candidate to do? How can he possible overcome this terrible, terrible sophomore slump that so many prognosticated?
I simply don't know. This plight is just so-
You mean to say-
Are you sure?
No sophomore slump at all?
Not even a little?
Oh, well then. So much for the narrative.
Yes, sorry to break it to everyone, but MIke Trout's sophomore slump never really came to pass. Oh, sure, he kind of had a down week or two in April, but a brief slump is something every hitter goes through. Instead, it appears that Trout has been every bit the player he was last season and is showing signs that he might actually be better, which is a thing that was not really considered feasible. Just take a look at how his stats compare from season-to-season:
|2012||639||30||129||83||49||10.5 %||21.8 %||.238||.383||.326||.399||.564||.409||166||13.3||12.0||10.0|
|2013||204||8||29||29||8||11.3 %||19.1 %||.239||.311||.278||.363||.517||.376||141||-0.8||2.4||1.9|