Patrick Mahomes II vs Mike Trout: Postseason
While Mike Trout has the obvious advantage in terms of the body of work, mostly due to the fact that he’s simply been around longer and excelled during his entire time in the league, Patrick Mahomes II does have one significant advantage despite his shorter tenure.
Patrick Mahomes has done more in the postseason.
In his first full season in the league, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an AFC best 12-4 record and the first season in the playoffs. However, the team bowed out when the eventual 2019 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots beat them in the AFC championship game.
Not to be outdone, the Chiefs hunkered down, added some much-needed weapons on both sides of the ball, and they were right back at it in 2020. After going an identical 12-4 (despite Mahomes being hurt for two games), the Chiefs raced to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years.
Overall, Mahomes has a 4-1 record in the postseason, throwing for 1474 yards, 13 touchdowns, and a QB rating of 106.6 in the playoffs. That includes a Super Bowl MVP performance last season when he threw for 286 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, both of which came in the 4th quarter comeback.
Mike Trout’s postseason performances have otherwise been limited. While playing for a few Angels teams that have been less than ideal, Trout has made just one playoff appearance with the team. However, the Halos were bounced during the 2014 ALDS by the Kansas City Royals (a KC tie). Trout hit .083 during the series and his lone hit was a solo home run.
Postseason Winner: Patrick Mahomes II
Our hero gets done in again by not having played for a contender since 2014, and even then the experience was short-lived. Meanwhile, Mahomes has been to the AFC championship and won a Super Bowl in his first two seasons under center. That alone will serve as much of the justification by Chiefs’ fans when it comes to his record-breaking extension.