Mike Trout is heating up, which could mean good things are in store for the Los Angeles Angels.
Following an all-around stellar night from the superstar, the Angels look to win their first home series of the young season Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.
Trout doubled, hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and threw out Adam Lind trying for a double in the seventh of Saturday's 4-2 victory. Though the Angels (8-10) have struggled out of the gate, Trout's performance Saturday is a reminder that they need to be taken seriously as long as one of baseball's best player is in the lineup.
He went 11 for 50 with a home run and 16 strikeouts in the first 14 games, but is 8 for 13 with two homers while fanning once in the last four. Los Angeles is 4-1 when Trout has at least two hits.
"I just try to put good swings on good pitches," said Trout, who homered for the fifth time off Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Trout fouled a pitch hard off his right foot two innings before his homer but stayed in the game and appears to be fine.
The Angels hope Trout's current surge will lead to more success for a club that hasn't won back-to-back home games while going 3-5 in Anaheim. Los Angeles, though, has won eight of 10 there against the Mariners (8-9).
"Obviously, with a slow start we're battling each and every day and just trying to get 'Ws,'" Trout said.
Trout is batting .390 with six home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 16 games against Seattle, but is 1 for 6 with a double when facing Wade Miley (0-2, 8.04 ERA).
The left-hander yielded one run and five hits over 15 innings while going 1-0 in two starts against Los Angeles in 2015 for Boston. However, his tenure with the Mariners is off to a rough beginning.
Miley allowed three runs, nine hits and walked four in 3 2/3 innings of a 3-2 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday. Opponents are batting .388 against Miley, who hasn't been helped by zero run support while on the mound in his last two outings.
"I just have to be better," he told MLB's official website. "Point blank, I have to be better at the end of the day."
After giving up six runs in his first start, Los Angeles' Matt Shoemaker (1-2, 4.70) has been much better while permitting two in the last two. Both came on solo homers over 6 1-3 innings of Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
''That's not where (the two pitches) were intended to be but sometimes you miss,'' Shoemaker said. ''Sometimes you get a popout and sometimes they hit them.''
Though the right-hander dropped his final two starts opposite the Mariners in 2015, he has a 2.89 ERA while going 3-2 in six against them.
Leonys Martin is batting .086 with 16 strikeouts in the last 10 games for Seattle, but 6 for 13 with two doubles against Shoemaker.
Nelson Cruz, 4 for 12 with a home run off Shoemaker, has gone deep in back-to-back contests. He's batting .323 with seven RBIs while the Mariners have gone 5-3 on a nine-game trip.
The Angels' Albert Pujols, however, is mired in a career-worst 0-for-26 slump. He's hitting .132 on the season, and 0 for 6 against Miley.