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Mike Trout vs. Miguel Cabrera ~ AL MVP Candidates

Posted on October 2, 2012 AT 02:03pm

Hello and welcome to a special edition of Gaming Under the Influence, where we discuss the large ‘debate’ that is the AL MVP Candidates.  Now although being a video game website, some of the more popular games out there are sports games, including MLB 2K12 which includes a large cash prize from 2K games for the person who can produce the “Most Perfect” of Perfect Games in MLB2k12.  Although the series is thought to be over, since I have a forum to post a nice debate, I’d like to get this in here.


Let’s first talk about the two players in question.

Mike Trout
137 Games Played
179 Hits (1.307 Hits/Game)
30 HR (.219 HR/Game)
80 RBI (.584 RBI/Game)
136 Strike Outs (.993 Strike Outs/Game)
48 Stolen Bases
.325 AVG
.398 On Base Percentage
.564 Slugging
26 Doubles, 8 Triples, 67 Walks

Miguel Cabrera
159 Games Played
203 Hits (1.277 Hits/Game)
44 HR (.277 HR/Game)
137 RBI (.862 RBI/Game)
97 Strike Outs (.610 Strike Outs/Game)
4 Stolen Bases
.329 AVG
.393 On Base Percentage
.608 Slugging
40 Doubles, 0 Triples, 66 Walks

Both are having phenomenal years, and both should be credited for being the best at their position, but now is the point and time where we discuss who is the candidate for MVP. Keith Law of ESPN thinks Mike Trout has ran away with the title of MVP, in the midst of Miguel Cabrera becoming the first MLB Triple Crown winner since Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski in 1967, and actually doing what his teammate, Justin Verlander did the year before, but for pitching. The stats between the two are similar, but Cabrera is going to edge Trout (before we talk about Sabermetrics).  Cabrera’s stats beat Trout’s, even in Trout’s shortened season.  While he may not get the ‘hits per game’, it’s made up with more home runs, more RBI’s, less strike outs, a higher Slugging which leads to a higher OPS (On Base + Slugging).

The big ordeal is over the non traditional sabremetric stat WAR (Wins Above Replacement) which is computed to see how many more games the single person wins just because they are on the field. This revolves around a fictitious AAA player that would replace the player if they were hurt/injured. The WAR for Mike Trout is at 10.7 and ranked first in the MLB (a full 3 games over Robinson Cano who is in second with 7.6, and 4 games over Miguel Cabrera, who is in 9th with 6.8). Let’s be realistic though, as both players actually have a backup that would not be called up from AAA, so let’s compare these players. Mike Trout, who plays for the Los Angeles Angels has 25 year old Peter Bourjos backing him up. A career .253 (through 2011 Season), was a defensive player of the year in 2009 for the Angels Minor League system, and was prospected as one of the best defensive outfielders and baserunners by Baseball America. Bourjos also lead the American League last year with 11 triples (tied with Detroit Tiger Austin Jackson). Backing up Miguel Cabrera is Don Kelly, Ramon Santiago, and Danny Worth (you could also make a case for Brandon Inge who began on the team. All of them utility players as they get moved around, but obviously they’re better than a AAA player or they wouldn’t be in the lineup. Now can you really tell me that a person with the skills and ability of Peter Bourjos is going to equal the likes of Santiago/Worth/Inge/Kelly ? I digress as those who stick by WAR as a legitimate statistic could not be changed.

Let’s look at these other Sabremetric stats that can discuss. In Total Bases, Miguel Cabrera is presently in the lead (and unless Adrian Beltre or Adam Jones could hit about 10 home runs, he will lead the stat). Trout is roughly 75 bases behind. Moving over to wRC (Weighted Runs Created), Miguel Cabrera is ahead of Trout (along with teammate Prince Fielder).

As much bull as you want to spew about one over the other, BOTH players are having remarkable years, and this is Mike Trout’s rookie year (just celebrated his birthday on August 7th), but you cannot deny Cabrera’s worth to the Detroit Tigers, and why he should get the edge over Trout (along with a Triple Crown!)

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