There is less than one week of the MLB regular season left. There are playoff spots to be won, divisions to be crowned, and the fading hopes of some other teams. What is unique about this season is that both MVP races are still considered to be "wide open," meaning that there is no clear MVP in either league. Over the course of the season, I have thought differently on who I thought my MVP should be. Now, I have made my final decision, and am getting ready to say my last thoughts on the craziness. Here I go.
The National League:
The Senior Circuit has some great MVP candidates, such as Andrew McCutchen, Joey Votto, David Wright, and Paul Goldschidt. But, you gotta show some love to pitchers! I honestly think that Clayton Kershaw has been the Most Valuable Player in the National League. Clayton Kershaw has the highest WAR in the National League, posting a 8.0 average. I forgot to mention that he has the lowest ERA by a single pitcher since 2005, when Roger Clemens posted a 1.87 mark. Kershaw has a 1.88 ERA. He leads the league in shutouts (2), WHIP (0.92), and and SO (224). In a year where no player really has been better than all the rest, Kershaw should be given some love, and a MVP award, in my opinion.
Kershaw has came out every five days, and given the Dodgers a legitimate chance to win. I doubt even many other position players can say that, because it's more likely you'll go 0-for-4 than 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. That may happen once a WEEK, if you're lucky. Kershaw has come out, and done his job every single start, and in my mind, I don't see anyone more valuable than Kershaw right now. Think about this, if you were building a team from scratch that had to finish with above a .600 winning percentage (97 wins), who would you pick first? Who would give you the best chance to win? I would pick Clayton Kershaw.
The American League MVP is more clear cut the the National's. Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, and Chris Davis are most likely the top three MVP finishers in the American League. But, how will they finish? Earlier in the year, I picked Chris Davis to win the American League MVP, and can still see validity in my previous points. I just don't agree completely anymore. Davis has played very well, but I cannot see the voters overlooking the unbelievable play from Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera leads the MLB in average, RBI, and ranks second in HR. Although Mike Trout leads the league in WAR, I believe Cabrera is more deserving of the award, and has been just as valuable to the Tigers as Trout is to the Angels. And, he's played better, in my opinion. Although Trout has given the Angels a better chance to win on a daily basis, Cabrera has been a game changer in those clutch moments. I am not saying that Trout isn't (he definitely is), but when I think about Trout, I think of more of an overall all around player, compared to Cabrera, who is a big play kind of guy.
In conclusion, these are just my opinions, and who I think has been the most valuable in each league. I will not have any outcome on the MVP races, and I hope that they can come right down to the finish. I have just been watching baseball as a spectator over this entire season, and have decided to write about it. I love the sport, and understand how hard it is to play. I just think Miguel Cabrera and Clayton Kershaw have been the MVPs of their respective leagues.