A Sizzling Hot MLB MVP Race

By: Lucas I.

As the MLB (Major League Baseball) season comes to a close, and the playoff race begins to heat up, the MVP race is sizzling hot. Superpowers from around the league are a vying for the coveted title of Most Valuable Player. For this title you must be an athlete like no other, one with strength, speed and a wow factor.  The only two players that fit the description are powerhouse Mike Trout and slugger Josh Donaldson. Combined they have scored over 80 home runs, 196 RBIs and over 190 runs, and 15 stolen bases. Those stats are so impressive, any major league player would wish for those as a total for their career. As season boils down, it is up to the analysts to decide who wins MVP. This is not an easy task, because every player has their pros and cons, and statistically speaking they are very different. But before we jump to any conclusions, we must analyze their contributions to their respective teams.

After the magical World Series winning year in 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays still hold the longest playoff drought in all of North American professional sports leagues–20 years. This was a result of poor defense, pitching and mentality, last year they put up a 4.00 ERA on top of the 87 errors allowed, third highest in the American League. Over the summer Toronto management attempted to bolster their roster by signing silver slugger Josh Donaldson, hoping he would add some firepower to the roster. This year, Josh Donaldson has created great odds for winning MVP, with a league leading 120 RBIs, over 39 home runs, and over 113 runs. He quickly became a human highlight reel, putting up amazing numbers offensively and defensively. This quickly made the Blue Jays a team pushing for a playoff berth this season, and as it boils down, they still hold an edge over the New York Yankees.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts durinng his at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Trout *** Local Caption *** Mike Trout

On the opposite side of the continent, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were hoping for another great repeat of the 2014 division-winning season alongside the time, which also honoured super star Mike Trout. Last year the Trout-Monster claimed the American League MVP, creating spectacular stats on the offensive and defensive side. During his MVP winning season, Mike had 36 homeruns and 111 RBIs. He quickly became a fan favourite and helped his team make the playoffs. So far this season Mike has 39 homeruns and 89 RBIs with 10 stolen bases, putting him in a tight race with the Bringer of Rain, Josh Donaldson

When the season ends, experts will have to decide who will win MVP, and with two different players, each of them will have their pros and cons. Each holds a slight edge in a certain category, but when the decision has to be made, a winner is anybody’s guess.

References:

“Sortable Player Stats.” Major League Baseball. MLB Advanced Media, 2015. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. <http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp#elem=%5Bobject Object]&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable Player hitting&game_type=’R’&season=2015&season_type=ANY&league_code=’MLB

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