They’ve never been formally introduced.
But Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout — two of the majors’ biggest superstars — will finally get their chance to meet and admire one another in person over the coming three days when the Marlins travel to Anaheim to face the Angels in an interleague matchup.
“It’ll be cool to see him,” Stanton said of Trout.
Trout, the 23-year-old outfielder for the Angels, is once again in the conversation for American League Most Valuable Player honors after finishing as runner-up each of the two previous seasons.
Stanton, 24, is in the running for NL MVP.
Yet, outside of the highlight clips, they hardly know one another.
“ David Price said it perfectly,” Trout said of Stanton. “If you could create a player on MLB The Show, it’d be him — 6-4, huge, just drops homers.”
Stanton’s distant take on Trout: “He’s not much flash and show. He’s more, ‘Get the job done.’ He’s very talented at what he does. He does things that not too many other people can do and, if they can, they can only do one aspect. He can do them all.”
Although Stanton will be returning to his Los Angeles-area roots, he said he attended far more games at Dodger Stadium while growing up than he did Angels game in Orange County.
But he also said he liked the Angels’ ballpark because of the way it’s designed. He could hang out in the outfield bleachers hoping to catch home runs during batting practice and then go find a better seat from which to watch the game. Stanton said Dodger Stadium didn’t allow for that flexibility.
Shortly after the clock struck midnight Saturday on the East Coast the Marlins turned into pumpkins and lost a 5-4 decision in 13 innings to the Rockies — the last-place Colorado Rockies.
For the Marlins, it was a continuation of a troubling pattern.
Although the Marlins are 9-10 in extra-inning games this season, they’re winless (0-6) in marathons of 13 innings or longer. If you throw in a loss to the Dodgers on May 3, which was over in nine innings but took 4:07 to complete, the Marlins are 0-7 in games lasting four hours or longer.
No wonder the Marlins are at the forefront of the push to speed up games.
If not for a spectacular play by Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, Saturday’s game would have ended in a Miami loss an inning earlier. Instead, Hechavarria’s sensational snag on Justin Morneau’s fly ball to shallow center kept the winning run from scoring in the 12th.
“One of the best plays I’ve ever seen,” Marlins infield coach Perry Hill said. “I didn’t think he had any chance. No chance.”
With the go-ahead run on third with two outs, Morneau lofted a shallow fly ball into no man’s land. Center fielder Marcell Ozuna was too deep to make a play. Hechavarria had to go a long way on the outfield grass before turning and making an over-the-shoulder catch while falling to the ground.
“He was contorted,” Hill said. “I’ve seen some plays in my day, and it was one of the best.”
: Marlins RHPJarred Cosart
(1-1, 2.45 ERA) at Los Angeles Angels LHPWade LeBlanc
(0-0, 7.36), 10:05 p.m., Angels Stadium.
: Marlins RHPNathan Eovaldi
(6-8, 4.06) at Angels RHPMatt Shoemaker
(12-4, 3.56), 10:05 p.m., Angels Stadium.