Re: AL mvp....
I've a different way of looking at this: I think Cabrera is a player who's having a HOF career. Because of that, and that he's never won an MVP, and that not only is he deserving, he's on a winning team, I think he should get it over Trout. Trout gets ROY of course, and he'll have his shot at the MVP in the future. But for this year, Cabrera deserves it.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.