AL MVP race: Mike Trout vs. Mookie Betts vs. Jose Ramirez in incredibly compelling contest

Baseball null null null A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted a comparison of Mike Trout’s 2014 season — when he won his first AL MVP award — and Trout’s 2018 season. My point was to show how much Trout has improved by leaps and bounds, even after winning the top yearly award.Somehow, Red Sox fans took that tweet as a slight to Mookie Betts. Debates ensued. Let’s further those debates here, shall we? Obviously, so many things could change between now and the end of the season. This isn't a prediction of how the final order will be, just a look at how the race stacks up right now. Numbers, as always, courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. 1. Mike Trout, Angels Necessary numbers: .309/.459/.624, 197 OPS+, 30 home runs, 21 stolen bases, 82 runs, 60 RBIs, 191 wRC+, .315 ISO, 7.8 bWAR, 7.6 fWAR The case for Mike: Trout has firmly established himself as the best player in baseball, and if this wrist injury is truly a minor hiccup (he received a cortisone shot Monday and is listed as “day to day”), he could be on the way to posting the best season of his career. For a guy with two MVP awards and four seasons with a bWAR of 9.0 or higher, that’s real[......]

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