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This Month in Baseball: Mike Trout's best start ever, a star outshining him and record MLB strikeout rates

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Welcome to This Month in Baseball, your recap of the first 30 days of the 2021 MLB season, covering the good, the bad, the highs, the lows and everything in between.

1. For a decade, Mike Trout has been the best baseball player on the planet. And at 29 years old, he clearly has no intentions on ceding the title anytime soon.

Trout turned in arguably the greatest month of his career in April. It was almost certainly the best hitting month of the 54 in which he has played. It took a little bit of luck and a lot of skill. And in the end, it was unlike anything we've seen from Trout, which is no surprise, because among the things that make him great, perhaps his best quality is an ability to evolve in the moment, to seek out different pieces of his vast skill set and apply them to great reward.

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