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"Trout’s injury paused his monster start to the second half, with homers in both of the Angels’ first two games out of the break. Trout is hitting .375/.488/1.188 in July with eight homers in 41 plate appearances, and more walks than strikeouts. The idea that we might be getting the kind of peak-peak performance from a player who could be the best who has ever played the game is tantalizing. Trout’s greatness has been about the breadth of his skills and the consistency of his play. Strangely, he’s rarely had the kind of run like, say, Christian Yelich did last year."