WAR for AL MVP: Tracking Mike Trout, Mookie Betts in battle for baseball’s top award

WAR for AL MVP: Tracking Mike Trout, Mookie Betts in battle for baseball’s top award

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MLB’s MVPs are almost always among the league leaders in the wins above replacement (WAR) stat, which attempts to gauge a player’s overall contribution to his team’s success. To almost no one’s surprise, perennial WAR-horse Mike Trout is again leading the pack heading into the last third of the 2018 season.

Tracking Mike Trout, Mookie Betts in battle for American League MVP

For the first half of the year, Trout was on track to challenge Babe Ruth for the greatest single-season performance in history, but has since fallen off the pace. The Sultan of Swat compiled 14.1 wins above replacement in the 1923 season.

UPDATED August 3, 2018

MIKE TROUT

Last year, despite missing 45 games due to a thumb injury, Trout managed to finish 5th in American League WAR. Now, fully recovered, no one will be surprised if he finishes atop both leagues in the stat for the third time since 2014. The 7-time All-Star is currently the MLB leader in bases on balls and on-base percentage.

2018 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.309

Slugging %

.624

MOOKIE BETTS

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts finished sixth in the AL MVP voting last year, and second the year before that. At the time of his abdominal injury in May, Betts led the league in runs, hits, batting average, slugging percentage and total bases. As the leading player on baseball’s best team, Betts may be in line for his first MVP crown come November.

2018 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.346

Slugging %

.654

AARON JUDGE

New York Yankees slugging-sensation Aaron Judge finished third in WAR last season while winning the Rookie of the Year award. He hasn’t been too shabby in 2018 either, as he currently sits in 6th place.

2018 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.285

Slugging %

.548

JOSE RAMIREZ

Building upon an last year’s excellent production, Indians infielder Jose Ramirez currently leads the league in home runs and is in second place in the American League with 7.2 WAR, already surpassing his previous career high of 6.9 with a third of the season remaining.

2018 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.301

Slugging %

.631

JOSE ALTUVE

Houston Astros star Jose Altuve led all players in WAR last year on way to being named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He started the season a bit off last year’s pace, heated up early in the summer, but then slid back a bit again.

2018 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.329

Slugging %

.464

2018-08-03T14:28:41+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|

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