What does it take for a player to win the MVP award? Well first of all, the player has to be consistant all year, in production and in health. It is rare for an MVP to miss more then 10 or 15 games a season. Also, MVPs must be able display high production in all assets of the game. Many MVPs aren’t base stealers but they make up for it with high home run numbers and RBI numbers and are also usually gold glove contenders. MVPs also have to lead a team and make a difference in the win loss column. Then their numbers have to be MVP caliber. They have to put up the stats of great players that seperate them from the rest. With that out of the way, who are the candidates for AL and NL MVP?
For the AL, there are many players that are putting up the numbers and have the potential to be an AL MVP. One of these candidates is Yankees outfielder, Curtis Granderson. Overall, the Grandy Man is hitting . 280 with a .374 on baseb percentage. Hes hit 34 home runs (2nd in the MLB) and has 92 RBIs with 23 stolen bases and a league leading 112 runs scored. Then theres Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The center fielder is hitting .313 with an on base percentage of .370. He has added the power number this year adding 22 home runs which has brought him to be a five tool player. Hes added up to 78 RBIs and 88 runs and his steals are still high at 31 (5th most in the league). Then Ellsbury temmate, Adrian Gonzalez is thrown into the mix, and is my pick for AL MVP. Gonzalez leads the league with a high .345 batting average, 171 hits and is second in RBIs with 92. Hes tops among all first baseman with 81 runs and ranks second in the league with 37 doubles. These stats, plus his teams success is why he is my pick for the AL MVP.
Now to the NL. There are many candidates that aren’t really noticed that can steal this title. One of them is Arizona Diamondbacks young out fielder Justin Upton. He is easily one of the hottest players within the last month. The young gun is batting an even .300 and has dropped 25 home runs to go along with his 77 RBIs and a .372 on base pecentage. He ranks in the top 10 in five different catagories (HR, RBI, Runs, SLG, and OBP). He has brought his team back to the top of the NL west standings also. Another player thats in the mix is Los Angeles out fielder Matt Kemp. Although he is on a losing team, his numbers and production are MVP material. After a season where he didn’t put up the numbers that were expected of him, he broke out this year and produced. He’s hitting a solid .317 and is on base 39% of the time. He’s 3rd in the NL in home runs (28), RBIs (90), stolen bases (33) and slugging (.567) and is in the top 10 in the league in 4 other catagories (BA, Runs, BB, and OPS). My pick for this years NL MVP is Milwaukee Brewers out fielder Ryan Braun. Not only has Ryan Braun produced, he has carried his team to a 7.5 game lead over the rest of the field. He put up a .327 batting average with 23 home runs and 78 RBIs. He’s in the top 10 of the league in 5 catagories (RBI, Runs, OPS, SLG, and SB). Although Braun’s numbers in some catagories are lower then Kemp’s, i give Ryan Braun the edge due to team success.
So there are my picks for this years MVPs, what are yours?