Article by: Zach Henley
All season long, Mike Trout for the Los Angeles Angels and Christian Yelich have been neck and neck in season totals. Now since they are in different leagues, each can potentially win their league’s MVP…until the dreaded injury bug hit.
Mike Trout has been out of the lineup since September 7 and had a planned return for September 15 but was scratched due to lingering pain. After numerous tests, it was concluded that he a neuroma in his right foot and that surgery was needed to remove it. The Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014 and this season seemed hopeful to reach that goal again.
Through 134 games, Trout collected monster stats in another MVP year. Trout hit.291 with a career high 45 home runs and notched his third 100 RBI season with 104. He leads the AL in WAR, OBP, SLG, and OPS. His 184 OPS+ is in the top three of his career. Another key stat is that he passed Derek Jeter in WAR with 73.6 and the superstar isn’t even 30 years old yet.
Trout should be the favorite to win the AL MVP because even though he suffered an injury, he hasn’t played in 2 weeks and is still leading the league in respected categories and shows that he a constantly amazing hitter.
In the other league, there have been several players that have shown that they might have what it takes to win the MVP crown. Pete Alonso of the Mets has shown he has the power and numbers but lacks the average and consistency. Ronald Acuna has the average and electric play but lacks power and consistency. There is one player who has all of those things plus more and that is Christian Yelich. Yelich has been the saving grace for the Brewers as they have been fighting for a playoff spot all season. Early this month, Yelich was in Miami for a series against the Marlins and was hit by a pitch. He would leave that game early and was announced that his kneecap was shattered and would miss the rest of the season.
Yelich, coming off his 2018 MVP season was having another great season worthy of some more hardware for the 27-year-old. At the point of his injury, Yelich was hitting .329 with 44 homeruns and had 97 RBI's. The injury is going to sideline him for 8-10 weeks while the Brewers remain one game outside a wild card berth.
Like Trout, Yelich was putting together another amazing season and is doing it at the same age as Trout. Yelich is also deserving of the MVP award because this season he showed why he is so valuable to the Brewers and probably wouldn’t be in the playoff race without him.
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