The numbers are too close to decide the AL MVP

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Josh Donaldson

  • Would be the first Blue Jay to win the MVP since George Bell in 1987
  • 84 Extra Base hits compared to Trout’s 79
  • 4.6 At Bats per strikeout compared to Trout’s 3.6
  • .341 Batting average since August compared to Trout’s .227
  • Came up to at bat with a runner in scoring position 206 times compared to Trout’s 141 according to Baseball Prospectus
  • 7.1 WAR compared to Trout’s 6.8

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Mike Trout

  • Trout would be winning the MVP in back to back seasons
  • 402 OBP compared to Donaldson’s .371
  • .590 SLG compared to Donaldson’s .568
  • Trout had a .218 AVG in August which was the worst month of his career since he was 19 (Yet the Angels finished only 1 game back of the Wild Card)
    • April: 189 WRC, May: 130 WRC, June: 193 WRC, July: 266 WRC, August: 91 WRC (Weighted Runs Created)
  • 166 Runners Left on Base compared to Donaldson’s 223
  • Though CF might be a less demanding position than 3B, Trout’s 100% fielding percentage is impressive

Some other things to note:

  • Donaldson took home the Hank Aaron Award for being the best offensive player, but the MVP award is about the best player overall from an offensive and defensive stand point
  • MVP Voters usually give an edge to the players who’s teams make
  • the playoffs (A-Rod 2003 was an exception)
  • Whether Donaldson wins the MVP or not, given his impact this season, he will truly be an MVP in the hearts of Blue Jays fans

ADAM VIRANI
October 19th, 2015

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