START: Trout’s Strikeout Slump, DeGrom’s Rehab Start | Sports News

A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:

Angels star Mike Trout has hit seven straight at bats during a tough streak in Houston.

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Trout was 0-for-4 Saturday after going 0-for-3 Friday night against the Astros, stoking every time.

“I just lose my posture up there,” he said. “It makes my swing long. Just grind some stuff with the bottom half. Everything will be fine.”

The three-time AL MVP is having another stellar season, with a .378 on-base average and .632 hitting percentage.

The AL West-leading Astros will go for a sweep when left-hander Framber Valdez (8-3, 2.65 ERA) takes on Angels left-hander José Suárez (1-2, 4.36).

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is finally ready to pitch in a competitive game.

Sidelined by injuries since last July, the two-time Cy Young Award winner is expected to make a minor league rehab debut for Class A St. Lucie against the Jupiter Hammerheads. He should throw about 25 pitches and two innings.

It will be the first game action since deGrom’s spring training, which has been slowed all year due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade that caused inflammation.

The announcement Saturday by NL East leaders New York came nearly a year after deGrom’s last major league outing on July 7, 2021. He missed the second half of last season with a tightness of the l right forearm and a sprained elbow, then returned to spring training this year. and made two starts in the Grapefruit League.

As he builds his arm strength and endurance, deGrom, 34, will need several minor league rehab outings before he’s ready to join the New York rotation. So it’s likely that deGrom still won’t be back in the big leagues until at least the end of July after the all-star break.

Fellow compatriot Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.54 ERA) is expected to return from a strained left oblique muscle Tuesday night in Cincinnati. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, was injured May 18 against St. Louis and recently made two rehab starts for Double-A Binghamton.

The Reds have lost 10 straight home games after losing 4-1 to Atlanta at Great American Ball Park. They lost a season-high 25 games under .500 at 26-51.

It was Cincinnati’s worst home slip since losing the first 11 games at Riverfront Stadium in 1986. The Reds ended that drought by beating Atlanta 2-0 as player-manager Pete Rose got two hits.

The Reds have lost four games in a row in total.

“There’s a lot of frustration, the staff, the players, myself,” manager David Bell said. “I know that our players are doing everything in their power to try to turn things around. I look long and hard at what I need to do to turn the tide. »

Luis Castillo (3-4, 3.32 ERA) starts for the Reds against Charlie Morton (4-3, 4.73 ERA) in the series recap.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is one shot away from tying Hall of Famer Craig Biggio for 25th on the all-time list with 3,060.

Cabrera also has two RBIs behind Manny Ramirez’s 1,831 for 18th place.

Cabrera can continue to climb the ranks when Detroit takes on the Royals at Comerica Park.

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