The other day Sam Miller from ESPN wrote an article titled “Mike Trout is on pace for the greatest season in MLB history”.
This initially triggered me because Mookie Betts leads Mike trout in EVERY SINGLE CATEGORY besides WAR (Wins Above Replacement). So, I sit here and go, well if Mike Trout is on Pace for the “best season ever” then isn’t Mookie Betts on pace for the same thing… except better? So, what’s that make his season? The best season ever ever?!
Listen, I don’t dislike Mike Trout, in fact I adore the guy. He is the face of the LA Angels and goes out and gives you 100% every game and is an absolute STUD. But I just like stats, and as they say, stats don’t lie.
If we are just going off THIS YEAR, again for you butt hurt people reading this who are already triggered, I’m just talking about THIS YEAR not overall career.
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I don’t even have to speak much for what the images above show! Mookie Betts leads Mike Trout in EVERY SINGLE CATEGORY BESIDES WAR (wins above replacement) and his WAR is only 0.4 less that Trout currently. For you DUMMIES out there, also remember that Mookie Betts bats LEAD OFF and has more RBIs than Trout. Mookie bats in front of the 2 WORST hitters on the team in Christian Vasquez/Sandy Leon, and Jackie Bradley Junior who RARELY are on base for Betts.
“Butt Stone, his career WAR is way better than Mookie’s”. Okay you caught me there, but again didn’t I say I AM TALKING ABOUT JUST THIS SEASON. You CAN’T write an article saying Mike Trout is on pace for the greatest season ever when Mookie Betts is clearly having a better season!
I am in no way shape or form saying Mookie Betts is a better overall career player than Mike Trout, but Betts has been in the league 5 years where Trout has been for 8. I am clearly just saying Mookie is having a better year (so far) than Mike Trout and the stats don’t lie. Before you all jump down my throat I decided to take the first 4 years of both players career and compare (since Betts is on year 5 and Trout year 8). You cant compare apples to oranges…
Almost identical stats after both of their first 4 years in the league. The only thing that Trout has significantly more of is Strikeouts. Almost double the number of strikeouts compared to Betts!
SO, as I was saying (especially to you Sam Miller from ESPN), you can’t say Mike Trout is on pace for “the greatest season ever” when Mookie Betts is having a better season. You obviously can’t go wrong having either of these guys on your team. Both dudes are studs, just one gets praised more than the other clearly. But, I like Mookie flying under the shadow of Trout, and I think he also enjoys the lack of attention.