Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Tough night for the Angels as Trout was one of just two players to get a hit Tuesday against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez. Of course, Trout made his felt even more with a two-run blast, his 24th of the season, which ultimately sent Gonzalez to the showers. Just Trout being Trout, right people? Batting a cool .309 with 24 dingers, 76 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Could the stolen base total be higher? Sure. But complaining about Trout's numbers just makes you sound like jerk, not a savvy fantasy owner.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter