More like, the nice girl over the gripy bitch, but whatever.Dumb/clumsy chick over the smart Rukia.
I would once more like to point out that Ishida's power is essentially only limited by how much spiritual matter there is in the area for him to use. So he shouldn't be as strong on earth, but if they took him to Heuco Mundo or SS again, he should be able to reach or surpass his previous level. In fact, if he were to actually practice fighting at that level, he should be able to easily get even stronger than before. So having him rival Ichigo in strength wouldn't be that absurd at all.
Plus, remember when Ishida was siphoning off Ichigo's power when they fought against that Menos? What's stopping him from doing the same to an espada?