A.L. MVP – Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera?
I thought you’d ask. Well it was only three or four weeks ago that the American League MVP was a sheer lock for a 20 year old history making rookie named Mike Trout. But it seems the tides have turned with the Detroit Tigers tied for first atop the A.L. Central with Cabrera hitting .357/429/.663 in the month of August and .329/.404/.718 in the month of September.
So who exactly is going to win the A.L. MVP? First off, we only have a week and a half of games remaining and it could turn out that both Trout’s Angels and Cabrera’s Tigers make the playoffs. It could also turn out that neither teams do. What I can say is that if one team makes it into October and the other does not it could give one player the slight advantage over the other because as it stands today, this MVP race is as close as I have ever seen.
On the Scott Van Pelt Show, Buster Olney said it is ”It’s old school (Miguel Cabrera) vs. new school (Mike Trout)” meaning it is is going to come down to how each person votes for the Most Valuable Player. Some use advanced metrics while others use traditional statistics like home runs, runs batted in and batting average.
Cabrera is on the verge of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski did so in 1967 while besting Trout in batting average, home runs, runs batted in and slugging percentage. Trout is leading Cabrera is a slue of sabermetrics statistics, most importantly WAR, or wins above replacement. Trout is the first player to have a WAR of 10.5 since Cal Ripken, Jr, did so in 1991.