Can you recall a MVP race that has ever generated this kind of discussion?
Seems you’re either Team Trout or Team Cabrera.
I don’t fall in either camp, but in the voluminous debate I’ve noticed one point that seems a bit iffy: the Angels’ record after Trout arrived.
When Trout made it back to La-La land, the Angels were 6-14, but they went 83-59 after that.
Looking closer, it’s important to note that the Angels were 4-3 immediately after Trout joined the team. In those first seven games, he hit .231 with three runs scored, two RBIs, one run and one stolen base.
Then came May 6. We all know what happened then, right?
Albert Pujols hit a home run.
Just like that, the slump-ridden Pujols (who was one of the worst players in baseball at the time) turned it around and the Angels took off.
From May 6 to the end the of the season, the Angels were 79-56, and Pujols hit .306 with 30 home runs, 42 doubles and 100 RBIs. That’s the Pujols we all know and love. Well, if not love, then at least grudgingly respect.
Don’t get me wrong, Trout had a phenomenal season and if he wins the MVP award, it will be justly deserved. But a big reason why he scored a ridiculous 129 runs is having Pujols batting behind him.
Of course, Cabrera’s numbers are inflated because he plays in the worst division in baseball. But many people have noted that fact.
Again, I’ll be happy with whoever gets the trophy. I’m happy that I don’t have a vote, because this one is too close to call.
| Pete Grathoff, email@example.com