Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Preview: Morales for MVP?

I am currently working on an article, which I will post at MLB Fan Boards, about how Kendry Morales, 1B for the Angels, could be a serious MVP candidate.

Here's why:

Justin Morneau: .300, 27 HR, 91 RBI, .557 SLG, .954 OPS
Mark Teixeira: .286, 29 HR, 84 RBI, .569 SLG, .942
Kendry Morales: .298, 25 HR, 75 RBI, .580 SLG, .925 OPS
Joe Mauer: .369, 20 HR, 66 RBI, .613 SLG, .1045

Mauer is the front-runner, but there is still 6 weeks to go and it could be a free-for-all. Morales has been the best all-around hitter in the AL since the Break:

Post All Star Break - American League, Kendry Morales
Slugging: 1st, .771
OPS – 1st, .1145
HR – 1st, 10
RBI – 1st, 26

The Angels' offense has been great but a lot of key players either were injured or struggled:
Torii Hunter - out since July 8th
Vladimir Guerrero - missed most of July
Gary Matthews Jr. - 2 HR in 250 AB in 2009
Juan Rivera: 2 HR since All-Star Break, 18 overall

Morales has been their biggest run producer and hit the most home runs. I'll write more about this later.


  1. Wow, I had no idea Morales had been so hot. But I don't see that as being a viable argument (yet). FanGraphs has him 25th in the AL in WAR and fourth on his own team (behind Figgins, Rivera and Abreu). The stuff that happened before the break counts just as much as the stuff that's happening now, right?

    Love the blog!


  2. I agree. Morales has carried the Angels and I can't see giving the MVP to anyone else other than Miguel Cabrera.

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