Mike Trout was not in the starting lineup for the Angels' home finale Wednesday, and how did Manager Mike Scioscia explain that to the fans looking forward to seeing the best player in baseball one last time this season?
"He's played about 80 games here," Scioscia said. "He's played a lot. It's a day off that is long overdue for him."
Trout, who has played in 77 of the Angels' 80 home games, last had a day off Aug. 21. He has one hit -- and eight strikeouts -- in his last 14 at-bats.
"He's out of sync," Scioscia said. "He's been grinding. He just needs to exhale a little bit. In the batter's box, I think he's pressing a little bit."
Scioscia said he expected Trout to play in the Angels' season-closing series in Texas.
Trout has 187 hits, so 200 is just about out of reach. He ranks first in the American League in walks and runs; second in batting average, on-base percentage, extra-base hits and triples; and fourth in hits and slugging percentage.
On Tuesday, he reached base for...