He has played so well, so suddenly, that "Puigmania" has begun to sweep the baseball world.
This mania has become so strong that there are now cries of support to add him to the National League team for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, to be held on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Even Puig's teammates are believers. First baseman Adrian Gonzales told Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times on June 21 that "what he's done is unheard of. Nobody else has really done it."
It is clear that this Puigmania has grown to such a fever pitch that it has blinded the baseball world to another National League rookie who is just as deserving of a last-minute invite to the All-Star Game:
Rendon has played in 26 games for Washington and is hitting .354 in 99 at-bats. Rendon has one home run and six RBI, with a .402 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage.
At first glance, this seems like no contest.
Just look at OPS: Puig's is superhuman at 1.196; Rendon's is merely mortal at .887.
But take a second glance at their statistics, and you'll see that these two phenoms belong in the same category:
|Statistical Category||Yasiel Puig||Anthony Rendon|
|Extra Base Hits||11||11|
|% of Games Hit Safely||82||81|
|Hitting Streaks of At Least Five Games||2||2|
|Length of Longest Hitting Streak||8||9|
Puigmania has been pretty powerful, and deservedly so. However, if this statistical comparison is any indication, "Rendonysteria" should be sweeping the baseball world, as well.
So, if Yasiel Puig deserves to make the NL All-Star team, then Anthony Rendon does, too. Anyone who thinks otherwise has clearly gone mad.
Note: All statistics updated through June 26 courtesy of MLB.com.