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Despite numbers drop in some areas, Angels' Mike Trout is MVP favorite
Despite numbers drop in some areas, Angels' Mike Trout is MVP favorite

Mike Trout is batting .290 entering the final weekend of the regular season, well off the .323 he hit last season and .326 average as a rookie in 2012. The Angels center fielder leads the American League with 181 strikeouts, far more than the 139 and 136 he had the last two seasons. His on-base percentage is down, from .432 to .380, and his stolen bases are way down, from a high of 49 in 2012 to 16. Trout's power is up — he ranks third in the AL with 35 homers, second with a .563 slugging percentage and leads the league with 114 runs scored, 110 runs batted in and 83 extra-base hits. A case can be made, at least statistically, that Trout, 23, the most valuable player...

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