For the Orioles and Tigers, Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera have been the MVPs of their repective teams. Unfortunately for them, they both play in the American League, meaning that only one can win the AL MVP. Who should win the award?
Chris Davis' breakout season has been more than a breakout. He could become the first player to hit 50+ home runs since Jose Bautista did it in 2010. Assuming Davis plays the rest of the season, he's on pace for 58.8 home runs. His 109 RBI put him on pace for 152.6 RBI. Those numbers are more than MVP numbers, they are elite numbers. His WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is 5.1, which is an unbelievable number. His WAR has never been higher than 1.6 in any point of his career.
If Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown season was impressive, his numbers this season are better! He has 35 homers (on pace for 50.37 homers) and, like Davis, also has 109 RBI (on pace for 156.878 RBI). His WAR is 6.5. Miggy also leads the AL in average with a .363 average.
So, who should win the AL MVP? I think both players are highly deserving, but Chris Davis has impressed me more this season. He homers to all fields, and is able to consistenly drive the ball everywhere. Even with mammoth home runs, Davis still maintains a .300 average, which is very hard to do. He's the type of player that will change games (I'm not saying Miggy doesn't), and in a lot of cases, will change games. If I was a BBWAA writer, I would choose Chris Davis as my AL MVP.
Davis is also on a team in the Orioles with less stardom than Cabrera, who can boast that Torii Hunter and Prince Fielder is in his lineup. That means that Davis is putting on just as much of a show as Miggy, but with less around him to help provide RBI chances. That's a marking of an MVP.