The Angels are surging, having won 14 of their past 18 games. Fresh off of a sweep of the Rockies, outfielders Mike Trout and Torii Hunter earned the distinction of American League Co-Players of the Week.
Trout hit .520 (13-for-25) with four RBIs, 10 runs scored and four stolen bases in six games last week. The 20-year-old boosted his season average to .350. He has provided a much-needed spark atop the Angels' batting order since his callup on April 28. The Halos are 26-15 since his promotion to the big league club. In nine June games, Trout has amassed 19 hits and totaled a .500 batting average. It's his first career Player of the Week award.
Hunter, who claimed his third career AL Player of the Week honor, batted .500 (11-for-22) with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in five games last week. The 36-year-old recorded three consecutive three-hit games as the Angels tallied 28 runs in their three-game sweep of Colorado over the weekend. Hunter, who slugged two homers and drove in six runs on Friday, raised his average to .272 from .238 in the three contests.
Trout and Hunter are the first pair of teammates to claim the weekly distinction since outfielder Josh Hamilton and pitcher Colby Lewis of the Rangers on June 14, 2010. Angels slugger Mark Trumbo also made a case for the award last week, belting four homers and notching 12 RBIs in six games.
The Angels have closed to within three games of the AL West-leading Rangers. On the day of Trout's callup, Los Angeles trailed Texas by nine games.