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.

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