Two MLB stars suffered untimely injuries in the past few days, ailments that will surely alter the shape of the NL MVP race in upcoming weeks/months.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts had gone down days earlier.
“Two of the greatest stars in the NL West now out until July with #Padres 3B Manny Machado suffering a severely sprained ankle today just days after #Dodgers RF Mookie Betts sustained fractured rib,” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 19, 2022
Machado is actually the MLB leader in Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, with an impressive 4.3.
MLB’s WAR King
5.0 is considered star-level when it comes to WAR outputs, so it’s fair to say Machado was on his way to flirt with the 10-WAR mark.
He is slashing .328/.400/.545 with 12 homers, 48 runs, 46 RBI, and seven stolen bases, coupled with phenomenal defense at third base.
Betts, on the other hand, was the star of a very solid Dodgers team.
He is fourth in the National League in WAR with 3.3, and is hitting .273/.349/.535 with 17 round-trippers.
His prognosis is much more favorable than that of Machado, since manager Dave Roberts recently said he is hopeful Betts can return in a couple of weeks.
Machado, on the other hand, didn’t suffer a fracture but his ankle is severely sprained.
His absence will surely extend to more than just a few weeks, although it shouldn’t be, by any means, a season-ending ailment.