SARASOTA, Fla. – In 2012, Mark Trumbo was one of three Los Angeles Angels to hit at least 30 home runs. Four years later, Trumbo is part of a lineup that could be even more powerful than the one that included Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.
Trumbo joins Pedro Alvarez, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Manny Machado, all of whom have hit 30 in a season.
Does this Orioles lineup stack up with the Angels?
“It’s really hard to compare. Obviously, it does. Power-wise probably more so here, maybe significantly more. We’ll know by the end of the season, but I think on paper we stack up favorably with anybody around baseball,” Trumbo said.
Trumbo is reserved, and doesn’t stand out in a clubhouse with lots of outgoing personalities. He doesn’t feel under any pressure to be the team’s primary weapon.
“It’s a huge benefit. If you ever feel like you have to do more than you’re capable of or if you don’t quite have confidence in that guy behind you, it makes for a really tall task. You tend to really expand your strike zone and it just never works out well. You can only do what you can do, and it works much better if you can be yourself because the people around you are talented enough that you really don’t need to do anything extra,” Trumbo said.
Trumbo’s two-run home run in the third inning was his third of the season, and second in his last two games. He had a three-run home run on Friday night against the New York Yankees in Tampa.
After a rocky start to the spring, Trumbo is now hitting the ball well.
“As of a couple of days ago, no, but the last two days, much better. Kind of hit a lull there when I wasn’t swinging at very good pitches, fouling off the ones I should hit. Only a matter of two or three games, whatever it was. I think I made a decent adjustment, I think,” Trumbo said.