All-Star Hopes for Harper and Trout

CineSport—Rookies Bryce Harper and Mike Trout could be All-Stars for their respective leagues. CineSport's Noah Coslov and Stan McNeal of Sporting News discuss this, the Phillies and the Yankees.

Name a player in Major League Baseball that is hotter than Mike Trout right now…you can’t. The 20-year-old Angels’ outfielder is lighting it up right now and is rejuvenating his team in the process.

Trout is hitting .350, has scored 33 runs and has knocked in 24 RBI while maintaining an OPS of .955.

Meanwhile, the Angels have surged to a 32-29 record, only three games back from the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Josh Hamilton of the Rangers is currently the leading vote getter for the American League outfield with 2.5 million votes. The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is the leading vote-getter for National League outfielders with almost two million votes.

With Trout playing as well as he has, some people may have forgotten about an even younger phenom who has been making headlines since he was drafted #1 overall two years ago. 19-year-old Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper is playing at a high level and has the Nationals in first place more than two months into the season.
Harper is hitting .282 with 17 RBI, 27 runs and an OPS of .889.

Most impressive is the fact that Harper is hitting second in a lineup that is sitting atop one of the most competitive divisions in baseball right now. At 35-23, the Nationals are two games ahead of the second-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

A team with plenty of potential all-star representation is the New York Yankees. With an 8-2 record in their last 10 games and fresh off of a sweep of the cross town New York Mets, the Yankees sit a 1/2 game behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Just a few weeks ago the Yankees had fallen as far as fourth in the division.

The Phillies, by contrast, are 2-8 in their last 10 games and find themselves in last place in the highly competitive NL East. With a slew of injuries to stars including Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay, the Phillies are eight games behind Washington and three games behind the fourth-place Miami Marlins.

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