Originally Posted by kordell1
As I stated before, a sample size that included the Angels trying to make the playoffs. If you want to be an MVP, you need to perform when your team in trying to make the playoffs. I am not saying one guy makes it or breaks it, but his performance last night was with the playoffs pretty much out of the picture and all the sudden he hits great. You don't get that?
The Angels were 6-14 when they called up Trout and have the best record in baseball since. You're basically penalizing Trout because (1) he didn't play the first 20 games of the season, and (2) the Angels play in the AL West. Heck, the Tigers just finished 4th in the AL West.
Even using your sample size of September, Trout hit .257 /.380 /.455 with 5hr, 6sb, and 21r over 100 AB, which still puts him on a 30hr-36sb-126r pace for a full season. He hardly "sucked" or was "lousy" during that stretch. Clearly, though, Miguel Cabrera was more impressive at the plate over the last 100 at bats. No argument there. However, the MVP should go to the player who provided the most value to his team over the six month season, and (IMO) that is Trout.