Scioscia sits Trout in Angels' final home game
SEP 25, 2013 12:14p ET
"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 the 301st time this season, tying Rickey Henderson's record for the age-21 season. With one more double and one more triple, Trout would become the first 10-20-30-40 player in major league history: 10 triples, 20 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 40 doubles.
He already has become the first player in AL history with 25 homers, 30 steals and 100 walks in a season, as well as the first with 30 steals, 70 extra-base hits and 100 walks. He joins Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Albert Pujols as the only players in major league history with 50 home runs, 200 runs and a .320 batting average over his first two full seasons.
Trout cannot file for free agency until after the 2017 season. His agent told The Times there have been no long-term contract talks with the Angels.
"It's about time to start looking for a house," Trout said. “I'm trying to see what direction my career takes me. Do I want to buy a house out here or some other place?"
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