Goldschmidt, Trout, and the Greatest Weeks of the Century

One week’s worth of at-bats isn’t going to tell you a lot about a player. Hitters can look very good or very bad for entire weeks or even months, and it doesn’t necessarily represent their talent level or tell you a whole lot about it. For example, on April 9, Shin-Soo Choo began what has been thus far the worst week of the entire season. He came to the plate 29 times and got one hit, a single, which was good for a -70 wRC+. However, on the season, he has a 134 wRC+, which is not too far from his career line. Didi Gregorius had a 336 wRC+ the second week of the season and a -66 wRC+ the second week of May. Crazy things can happen in 20-30 plate appearances, and two of the craziest stretches of this century happened in the past two weeks.

You’ve probably heard that Mike Trout has been on a roll lately. That last statement has almost always been true for the past seven seasons, but it was particularly true last week. From June 11 to June 17, Trout came to the plate 28 times. He reached base via a hit 13 times, including four homers and a double. He was walked on seven occasions and was hit by a pitch once. He struck out five times. That leaves just two occasions where Trout made contact with the ball and got out. Once he hit a sacrifice fly and once he grounded into a double play. He was not named the American League Player of the Week.

That Trout was not named Player of the Week is a surprise, but sometimes consistent greatness doesn’t get rewarded. What’s more surprising is that Trout’s week wasn’t the best offensive week of the season. More specifically, it was not even the best offensive performance this month. That honor goes to Paul Goldschmidt one week earlier. From June 4 through June 10, Goldschmidt came to the plate 29 times. He reached base via a hit 16 times, including four homers, one triple, and six doubles. He also walked three times and was hit by a pitch. He struck out four times and made an out on a ball in play six times. His 455 wRC+ narrowly edged out Trout’s 439 in a week’s time.

To look at the best weeks of the season, we can go to our Splits Leaderboards and look at weighted runs above average (wRAA). This figure accounts for offensive output and factors in plate appearances. Below we see the best one-week figures of the season thus far (min 15 PA).

Best Weeks of the 2018 Season
Name Team Week PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ wRAA
Paul Goldschmidt ARI Jun 4 – Jun 10 29 .640 .690 1.440 455 12.5
Mike Trout LAA Jun 11 – Jun 17 28 .684 .750 1.368 439 11.1
Francisco Lindor CLE May 7 – May 13 23 .600 .652 1.400 444 9.4
Mike Trout LAA Apr 30 – May 6 30 .545 .667 1.136 367 9.3
Jose Martinez STL Jun 4 – Jun 10 24 .600 .667 1.250 401 8.7
Brandon Crawford SFG Jun 4 – Jun 10 23 .611 .696 1.278 410 8.6
Manny Machado BAL Apr 16 – Apr 22 25 .500 .560 1.273 388 8.5
Scooter Gennett CIN May 7 – May 13 22 .591 .591 1.227 399 8
Brandon Belt SFG May 14 – May 20 30 .444 .500 1.074 320 7.9
Eddie Rosario MIN May 28 – Jun 3 36 .433 .528 .867 270 7.3
Didi Gregorius NYY Apr 2 – Apr 8 26 .444 .615 1.111 336 7.3
Odubel Herrera PHI May 7 – May 13 25 .526 .640 1.053 336 7.2
Francisco Lindor CLE Apr 30 – May 6 41 .425 .439 .825 246 7.2
Joey Votto CIN Apr 23 – Apr 29 35 .360 .543 .880 265 7.2
Willson Contreras CHC May 7 – May 13 24 .478 .500 1.174 343 7.2

Goldschmidt’s week was amazing. The difference between his week and third-place Francisco Lindor’s is the same difference between Lindor and the 25th-best week, which also happens to be Trout’s third-best week of the season. If you aren’t all that familiar with wRAA — there’s not a big reason you need to be — here’s this year’s leaders on the season for context.

Best Offensive Players in 2018
Name Team PA wRAA
Mike Trout Angels 332 42.7
Mookie Betts Red Sox 256 31.2
Freddie Freeman Braves 326 27.5
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 308 27.1
Jose Ramirez Indians 322 27.0
Nolan Arenado Rockies 305 24.6
Aaron Judge Yankees 319 24.1
Jose Altuve Astros 333 19.6
Eddie Rosario Twins 296 19.5
Andrew Benintendi Red Sox 323 18.7
Brandon Nimmo Mets 226 18.6
Paul Goldschmidt D-backs 319 18.2
Francisco Lindor Indians 341 18.0
Eugenio Suarez Reds 250 17.6
Manny Machado Orioles 314 17.6
Joey Votto Reds 321 17.4
Scooter Gennett Reds 294 17.0
Brandon Belt Giants 251 16.9
Eduardo Escobar Twins 285 16.8
Shin-Soo Choo Rangers 335 15.9
Kris Bryant Cubs 307 14.9
Nick Markakis Braves 323 14.8
Alex Bregman Astros 329 14.2
Jose Martinez Cardinals 282 13.9
Matt Kemp Dodgers 246 13.7
Charlie Blackmon Rockies 317 13.4
George Springer Astros 333 13.2
Lorenzo Cain Brewers 306 13.1
Trevor Story Rockies 321 13.0
Michael Brantley Indians 276 12.9
Goldschmidt 6/4-6/10 D-backs 29 12.5
Nelson Cruz Mariners 260 12.2
Odubel Herrera Phillies 297 12.0
Jean Segura Mariners 318 11.5
Trout 6/11-6/17 Angels 28 11.1
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 265 11.1
Jeimer Candelario Tigers 274 10.8
Nicholas Castellanos Tigers 314 10.5
Mitch Haniger Mariners 313 10.4
Christian Yelich Brewers 276 10.3

Goldschmidt’s one week accounts for roughly two-thirds of his runs above average on the season. Goldschmidt and Trout had very good weeks, but where do they rank in recent seasons? Here are the biggest weeks since the beginning of the 2010 campaign.

Best Offensive Weeks Since 2010
Name Team Year Week PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ wRAA
Charlie Blackmon COL 2016 Aug 8 – Aug 14 35 .563 .600 1.313 384 13.1
Josh Hamilton TEX 2012 May 7 – May 13 34 .467 .529 1.433 414 12.8
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 2018 Jun 4 – Jun 10 29 .640 .690 1.440 455 12.5
Carlos Santana CLE 2014 Jul 21 – Jul 27 33 .556 .636 1.333 433 12.2
Mike Trout LAA 2018 Jun 11 – Jun 17 28 .684 .750 1.368 439 11.1
Adrian Gonzalez LAD 2015 Apr 6 – Apr 12 27 .609 .667 1.391 451 11.0
Prince Fielder MIL 2011 Jun 6 – Jun 12 28 .500 .643 1.500 428 10.7
Buster Posey SFG 2010 Jul 5 – Jul 11 32 .556 .594 1.222 370 10.4
Giancarlo Stanton MIA 2015 Jun 8 – Jun 14 29 .520 .586 1.280 397 10.1
Jose Bautista TOR 2010 Jul 26 – Aug 1 27 .545 .630 1.364 414 10.1
Freddie Freeman ATL 2016 Jun 13 – Jun 19 34 .548 .588 1.065 336 10.0
Giancarlo Stanton FLA 2010 Aug 9 – Aug 15 27 .583 .630 1.292 405 10.0
Jose Bautista TOR 2010 Aug 23 – Aug 29 29 .500 .655 1.350 390 10.0

Maybe one week can’t tell us too much about a player, but that list is pretty impressive, featuring quite a few MVPs. Goldschmidt’s 455 wRC+ is still better than anyone else’s on this list, and the only players with a greater wRC+ were Carlos Quentin in 2010 in 16 PA, Lucas Duda in 2015 in 21 PA, and Ryan Spilborghs in 2010 in 17 PA. Our weekly Splits Leaderboards actually go back to 2002, so let’s get Barry Bonds on one of these.

Best Offensive Weeks Since 2002
Name Team Year Week PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ wRAA
Shawn Green LAD 2002 May 20 – May 26 30 .593 .600 1.741 487 14.4
Ryan Howard PHI 2006 Aug 28 – Sep 3 38 .571 .684 1.286 370 13.7
J.J. Hardy MIL 2008 Jun 30 – Jul 6 33 .600 .625 1.367 418 13.3
Charlie Blackmon COL 2016 Aug 8 – Aug 14 35 .563 .600 1.313 384 13.1
Brian Giles PIT 2002 May 20 – May 26 29 .652 .724 1.522 455 13.0
Josh Hamilton TEX 2012 May 7 – May 13 34 .467 .529 1.433 414 12.8
Barry Bonds SFG 2004 Apr 12 – Apr 18 21 .733 .810 2.067 568 12.7
Bobby Abreu PHI 2005 May 9 – May 15 31 .583 .677 1.458 417 12.6
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 2018 Jun 4 – Jun 10 29 .640 .690 1.440 455 12.5
Carlos Santana CLE 2014 Jul 21 – Jul 27 33 .556 .636 1.333 433 12.2
Barry Bonds SFG 2002 Aug 26 – Sep 1 33 .571 .697 1.381 384 11.7
Barry Bonds SFG 2004 Aug 16 – Aug 22 28 .600 .714 1.450 415 11.5
Alex Rodriguez NYY 2007 Sep 3 – Sep 9 27 .565 .630 1.478 432 11.3
Mike Trout LAA 2018 Jun 11 – Jun 17 28 .684 .750 1.368 439 11.1
Sammy Sosa CHC 2002 Aug 5 – Aug 11 28 .560 .607 1.400 415 11.1
Adrian Gonzalez LAD 2015 Apr 6 – Apr 12 27 .609 .667 1.391 451 11.0
Milton Bradley TEX 2008 Jun 2 – Jun 8 34 .478 .647 1.261 356 11.0

Remember the time Shawn Green hit nine homers in a week? It included a four-homer game and propelled him to the greatest offensive week of the past 17 seasons. Trout and Goldschmidt aren’t at the very top of the leaderboard, but the weeks they just had are two of the best this century. They are rightfully joined by some pretty high-quality players.

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Trout also reached based 16 times in 17 PA, a near-streak that was snapped in his second PA last night. The one out cost him tying the record of 17 consecutive times on base. This assumes the catcher’s interference in the Wed. game counts in the near-streak. According to BBRef, it counts as a PA, but not towards OBP. So it would count in a consecutive times reached base streak, right?

Not bad for someone whose index finger hurts so much he can’t play the OF.