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Last Week: No. 5
David Ortiz just barely made it into the top five of my MVP rankings last week. I gave him the edge over Mark Trumbo on the grounds that the Red Sox have needed Ortiz's production more than the Los Angeles Angels have needed Trumbo's production.
Right now, I'm feeling pretty good about moving Ortiz into the top five.
All he did last week was hit .320 with three home runs, posting a 1.219 OPS. Though they probably should have swept the Mariners up in Seattle, the Red Sox still managed to go 4-3 for the week. Ortiz himself clinched the fourth win with a sac fly in extras on Sunday.
Ortiz is now hitting .302/.390/.607 on the season with 21 home runs and 54 RBI. He ranks in the top 10 in the American League in homers, RBI, slugging percentage, walks and so on. His .997 OPS ranks second behind Josh Hamilton.
If Ortiz stays on his current pace, he's going to hit over 40 home runs for the first time since he hit a Boston-record 54 home runs in 2006. Not bad for a guy who we all thought was washed up a couple years ago.
I noted this last week, but it's worth reiterating that Ortiz's and Trumbo's numbers are remarkably similar. The tell-all stat is their weighted on-base averages (see FanGraphs for definition), where Trumbo has the slightest of advantages.
His wOBA is .412, while Ortiz's is .410.
It's close, but Ortiz gets the edge over Trumbo for a top-five spot for the same reason as last week. He means more to the Red Sox than Trumbo means to the Angels.
But don't worry, Angels fans. One of your guys is on this list—and high in the running to boot.