ANAHEIM – Game recognized game early Monday afternoon at Angel Stadium, and the Mike Trout-Christian Yelich love was not limited to their pregame chat by the batting cage.
Reigning National League MVP Yelich and two-time American League MVP Trout met on the field prior to the Angels' 5-2 win in the
ANAHEIM – Game recognized game early Monday afternoon at Angel Stadium, and the
Reigning National League MVP Yelich and two-time American League MVP Trout met on the field prior to the Angels' 5-2 win in the opener of a rare Interleague series between the Brewers and Angels, then put their skills on full display before the late -arriving fans had even settled in their seats.
After Yelich made a highlight in the second inning, Trout robbed him of at least an extra-base hit, and potentially a home run, with a leaping catch at the left-center field wall in the top of the third. Before Descending into the Brewers' Dugout, I have doffed his helmet towards Trout in a show of respect.
It was just moments earlier that Yelich had shown off his own defensive prowess. With the Angels' first two batters aboard in the second inning, Yelich covered 65 feet in 4.2 seconds to track down to Jonathan Lucroy line drive to the right-center-field gap, good for a four-star catch according to Statcast. Yelich fell to the grbad but popped up in time to fire to throw to second base to double up Albert Pujols on the play.
Trout and Yelich are getting to know each other during what's just the Brewers' third visit to Angel Stadum since shifting to the NL in 1998, and their first since 2010, the year before Trout's big league debut. Yelich visited once with the Marlins in 2014 but said he and Trout were only casual acquaintances.
Asked if he was disappointed or thrilled that he did not get to see Trout more often, Yelich laughed.
"You do not want to play against him too much because he's such a good player," Yelich said. "It's definitely fun. You always want to compete against the best. That's what you signed up for. That's why you play the game. But you definitely do not want him taking it out on your team too much. "
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Both entered the series off to MVP-caliber starts. Yelich, who attended some games at Angel Stadium as a kid, homered in the Brewers' first four games to match a Major League record to start a season, then hit home run No. 5 and drove in three runs on Sunday to help clinch series victory over the Cubs. Trout, meanwhile, saw his streak of homing in four straight games come to an end by going 0-for-2 with two walks that extended his on-base streak to all 11 games this season. Trout, who is hitting .367 / .574 / .933 on the year, fell one game of the Angels' club record of a homer in five straight games set by Bobby Bonds from Aug. 2-7, 1977.
"He's always off to a good start, "said Yelich.
"The easiest way to compare it is like what we have seen from Yelich in the last two months of [last season plus 2019]. That's what Mike Trout has been doing for, like, five years, "said Brewers manager Craig Counsell.
Asked about the adage "Do not let Mike Trout beat you," Counsell said, "Yeah, I think it's an easy statement to make. We are going to pitch to him. There are probably times that we are not going to pitch to him. It's what every team says, and those guys still win MVPs. That's why they win MVPs, because they are hard to get out. You have little margin for error to get them out. "