Here we go again. Just like last season, the Angels’ Mike Trout is the best player, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera the best hitter. Except this time, there are two differences.
First, the Angels are out of contention, as opposed to a year ago, when they won 89 games. And second, Trout — at least to this point — is finishing stronger, in part due to Cabrera’s lingering physical issues.
I was a Trout guy last year, but generally I prefer my MVP to contribute to a winning effort. Yes, the criteria states that the winner “need not come from a division winner or other playoff qualifier.” But playing for a contender involves a different kind of pressure. And the Angels were cooked by June.
That said, I clearly see the other side — why should voters penalize Trout for owner Arte Moreno’s misguided decision-making? I’m also starting to wonder: If Trout again finishes second, what exactly will he need to do to win the award?
Cabrera is the favorite because of his remarkable offensive performance and the Tigers’ first-place standing. But I’m finding it more and more difficult to mount a case against