Latest MLB power rankings are an insult to Manny Machado
The San Diego Padres aren’t happy with MLB’s latest Hitter Power Rankings.
After MLB posted their graphic placing Mike Trout atop the pyramid, with Manny Machado down at sixth, the Padres’ social team clapped back.
It’s not hard to see why, as Machado has clearly out-performed Trout over their last seven games.
Take a look:
Machado: .393/.455/.857, 1.312 OPS, 11 hits, 1 double, 4 HR, 9 runs, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K
Trout: .208/.387/.375, .762 OPS, 5 hits, 1 double, 1 HR, 5 runs, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 9 K
It’s not even close. In fact, they’re absurdly far apart. The only thing Trout was better at over the last week is drawing walks.
Zooming out to look at their full seasons, Machado still has the edge over Trout (and the other four batters ranked above him on this list) in batting average, leads with 37 hits and 65 total bases, and is tied for second in doubles and home runs.
No disrespect to Trout, who is one of the greatest players of his generation, but this isn’t fair. That top spot, even on something as insignificant as a weekly power ranking, wasn’t earned.
These rankings are foolish, inaccurate clickbait, plain and simple. It’s almost as though they were created to infuriate, and it looks like they did their job so well that even the Padres couldn’t help chiming in.