Trout's quest for 30-30 enters final day

Angels' star is 1 HR, 1 SB shy of MLB's first such season since '12

Trout's quest for 30-30 enters final day

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout enters the final day of the 2016 season with a chance to record Major League Baseball's first 30-home run, 30-steal season since 2012, when he and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun both accomplished the feat.

A candidate for the American League MVP Award, Trout has 29 homers, 29 steals and 99 RBIs entering the Sunday's season finale against the Astros at Angel Stadium.

Trout also has an opportunity to become the first Angels player to pair a 30-30 season with 100 RBIs. Braun was the last player in baseball with such a season, doing so in '12.

Trout's 29 steals are his most since '13, when he swiped 33 bases. He's been caught stealing seven times for an 80.5 percent success rate this year.

"I think he's doing a great job of picking his spots," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think he's been a very high-percentage basestealer this year. He's obviously picking his spots and he's getting good jumps and he's on the verge of stealing 30 bases."

Trout's career high for steals is 49 in '12, his second year in the Majors. He had 33 stolen bases in '13, but missed 30-30 by three homers. Then, though he hit 36 homers in '14 and 41 in '15, his stolen-base totals dipped to 16 and 11, respectively.

For a stretch of 26 seasons, from 1987-2012, MLB produced at least one 30-30 player every season but one in a non-strike year. This is the first multi-season drought since 1984-86.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.