MVP candidates Stanton, Trout set for series
ANAHEIM, Calif. — They are dominating their respective leagues now, and are two faces of Major League Baseball’s present and future. For the first time in the regular season, they are competing in the same game.
The Marlins on Monday night open a three-game series at the Angels.
Not only are these games with playoff implications for both teams, it marks a rare time the sport can see Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout on the same field.
The two were at the All-Star Game, with Stanton being the designated hitter for the National League and Trout winning MVP honors for the American League.
In regular season play, both are frontrunners to be the MVP of their respective leagues.
Stanton is looking to be the first Marlin ever to be National League MVP.
The two also have put on a home run hitting show this year.
Stanton is regarded as the most powerful slugger in the game. But the man with the home run measured the longest this season by ESPN’s Home Run Tracker is Trout.
On June 27, Trout belted a drive measured at 489 feet. Stanton is second at 484 feet, on April 4.
Stanton’s average distance per homer, according to Home Run Tracker, is 417.1 feet for 32 blasts. Technically, that is second to Mike Morse of the Giants, who averages 417.4 feet for his 16 homers.
Trout’s average for 29 homers is 413.5 feet.
While Trout has the longest homer of the season, Stanton has three drives in the top eight. On Aug. 11, he had a home run measured at 470 feet (sixth furthest), and earlier in the season he had another at 469 feet (eighth).
Stanton has 10 “no doubt” homers, to Trout’s seven.
The first pitch tonight is set for 10:05 p.m. ET.
– Joe Frisaro