Joe Smith (baseball)

Angels' Mike Trout should never be counted out, regardless of the count

Angels' Mike Trout should never be counted out, regardless of the count

For all his astounding consistency, for all of his abilities on a baseball field that, together, form the best ballplayer seen in the world in some time, perhaps one underrated feature about Mike Trout is this: He does not dwell on his failure. At times, the Angels center fielder does not even remember it.

In the first game of the Angels’ series in Houston last month, role-defying right-handed reliever Chris Devenski struck out Trout on three pitches in a high-leverage situation. The third pitch was a fastball that hurtled across the strike zone, and Trout could not catch up to it.

In the fourth game of that series, Trout again faced Devenski in a high-leverage situation,...

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