For most of the season's first four months, outfielder Mark Trumbo was the Angels' most consistent
offensive producer. But the young slugger has slipped into a deep slump recently. With an 0-for-4 in Friday's 6-5 win over the Mariners, Trumbo has just six hits in his past 43 at-bats
and is batting .200 (16-for-80) over 21 games since July 18. The slump has dragged Trumbo's batting average for the season from .311 down to .288. But Trumbo says he
considers batting average of only secondary importance. His job is to drive the ball and drive in runs --
he has done neither of those as well recently. He has just three extra-base hits (all home runs) and eight
RBI in his past 21 games. His slugging percentage has gone from .634 and first in the American League on
July 17 down to .568 (fifth). "I normally go through these stretches where I just lose the feel for the barrel for a time," Trumbo
said. "There hasn't been a season where I haven't experienced a 1-for-20 (slum...