Baseball is limiting, though, when it comes to any actual direct showdown between the two young superstars. But one such instance cropped up on Wednesday night as Harper sent a line driving looping into shallow center field.
Trout was playing fairly deep on the play, but he covered a ton of ground and made a sweet diving catch to rob his counterpart.
Trout’s had a much more pleasant start to the season thus far, as he once again ranks among baseball’s leaders in many major categories including, of course, wins above replacement (WAR). In the meantime Harper has dealt with an injury and was recently benched for not running out a ground ball.
Fair or not, these two will always be compared. And while head to head match-ups do not resonate in baseball the way they do in a sport like basketball, we can still observe that Trout got the best of Harper on this play.