AL MVP

The Major League baseball season is heating up with playoff races beginning to take shape and teams becoming definitive buyers or sellers. The same can be said for the award races, certain players are making their case to take home the prestigious hardware at the end of the season. One award I don’t see any competition for is American League MVP. A lot of people are throwing Aaron Judge as the front-runner, but that is hardly the case. There is only one player who should win the award this season, Jose Altuve.

Every year, Altuve’s name is mentioned as a MVP candidate, but he never gets enough votes. This year it will change.

If you are looking at the first three months of the season, sure Judge’s numbers are worthy of consideration, but the baseball season is 162-games long for a reason. Judge is beginning to tail off while Altuve is heating up like no other player has ever done before.

Altuve is currently riding a career-high 16-game hitting streak in which he is batting an insane .528.┬áHe’s hitting .507 in July and also improved his road batting average to .433, which is the highest road batting average since baseball integrated in 1947 (min. 200 PAs).

Read that stat again….his ROAD batting average for the season is .433—which has NEVER been done before.

Altuve ranks in the Top 3 in the AL in the following categories…

Batting Average: 1st

Runs Scored: 3rd

Hits: 1st

Doubles: T-1st

Stolen Bases: 3rd

OBP: 2nd

OPS: 2nd

Add in the fact he is on the best team in the American League and is the lifeblood of that team…he is the true AL MVP.

Aaron Judge has had an incredible season and I am not taking away from what he has accomplished, BUT he’s beginning to tail off in the second half. Since July 1st, Judge’s batting average has gone from .326 to .310, still impressive, but the start he had is showing to be unsustainable. He is also second in the AL in strikeouts, being that boom-or-bust type of player. In retrospect, Altuve is having a career-low in strikeouts this season—showing to be more disciplined at the plate.

The Yankees as a whole have dipped as well, no longer the team to beat in the AL East and I don’t expect them to be playing in the postseason this year either. That should hurt Judge’s MVP chances when compared to Altuve.

There is still a lot of baseball left to be played, but if I were a betting man (I am) I would put all my chips in Altuve’s basket. He is the true AL MVP this season.

 

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