Mike Trout has been one of the best players in baseball for years now, but there’s at least one pitcher who still gives him headaches.
Trout has cemented himself as one of the game’s elite hitters, offering a nice blend of power and average. He strikes out a lot, but so too do most hitters in baseball nowadays.
Teams do all they can to keep Trout from doing damage against them, which often leads to a lot of nibbling from the pitcher. But there are some out there who will just go right ahead and attack, and Trout said on the “STUpodity” podcast that Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is the one who gives him the most trouble.
“I’m going to have to go Verlander,” Trout responded when asked which pitcher he just can’t seem to figure out. “It seems like I have good at-bats against him, but he’s been doing it for so long he’s just a tough at-bat every time I’m at the plate.”
Indeed, Verlander is the pitcher Trout has the worst average against of those he’s faced at least 14 times. He’s just 5-for-43 (.116) against the Astros ace, with 11 strikeouts and eight walks. Trout does make it count when he connects, as two of those five hits were homer, but both were solo shots and account for his only RBIs off Verlander, while posting no other extra-base hits.
The Angels have six games left this season against the Astros, all in September, so he’ll get a break from facing Verlander before potentially battling against him twice more this campaign.