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Are we headed towards another Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera showdown?

Jun 21, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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Depending on who does what tonight, this could change, but at the moment, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are #1 and #2 in Wins Above Replacement at the moment, according to FanGraphs. Cabrera is at 4.4 and Trout is at 4.3. Cabrera, who achieved baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years, beat out Trout for the award last year after a very heated series of debates among writers and fans, pitting traditional stats against Sabermetrics.

Thankfully, Chris Davis, Evan Longoria, and Manny Machado have also crossed the 4-WAR barrier thus far. If any one of the three can keep pace with Cabrera and Trout by season’s end, it may save us from having to relive last off-season’s undying debate.

Hilariously enough, though Cabrera once again leads the league in batting average and RBI, Davis leads Cabrera by seven home runs at the moment, meaning that Cabrera may not win another Triple Crown. If you compare Cabrera’s production thus far to last year, though, he is producing more this year, having improved 29 points in average, 57 points in on-base percentage, and 24 points in slugging percentage. In fact, his Triple Crown year may be the worst, statistically, of Cabrera’s last four seasons.

It’s way too early to think about the end-of-season awards, what with about 55 percent of the regular season left to play, but it’s interesting to ponder.

  1. baseballici0us - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Don’t forget Chris Davis.

    Then again, Bill, you don’t even think Davis is the Orioles MVP…you think it’s Machado.

    Bill Baer posted: “Depending on who does what tonight, this could change, but at the moment, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are #1 and #2 in Wins Above Replacement at the moment, according to FanGraphs. Cabrera is at 4.4 and Trout is at 4.3. Cabrera, who achieved baseball’s “

    • biasedhomer - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Machado is their best player.

      • baseballici0us - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        In the long run, maybe, sure. My point is he is not having a better year than Chris Davis.

        Everyone is going gaga over the year Migui is having but no one gives Chris Davis as much attention.

        Cabrera: .368 avg – 56r – 20hr – 74rbi – 1.103 ops
        C. Davis: .336 avg – 52r – 27hr – 69rbi – 1.134 ops

        And oh yeah, Davis is doing this bating 5th most of the year whereas Cabrera hits 3rd every game. Hell, I think Davis is having a better year than Cabrera.

        I’d welcome any debate of Cabrera vs. Davis but saying Machado is better than Davis is borderline Trolling.

  2. andreweac - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Who has the greater Willingness to Win?

  3. pinkfloydprism - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Dead horse…. Beaten.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Maybe last year. But if they keep going neck and neck in WAR, esp. with the newly agreed-upon universal replacement player standard, it could be a new discussion for 2013. Not too early for me.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I’m thinking this year Crush Davis could cost Miggy another Triple Crown and thus freeing Mike Trout to receive his rightful due. Miggy 2012 MVP, Trout 2013 MVP also just seems fair.

  5. rockthered1286 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I really don’t get this. Trout has a great month after an average month and suddenly he’s surpassed guys like Davis and Longoria who have been consistent all season and still have great numbers? Who’s to say Trout stays this hot just because he was great last year and appears his start to 2013 was a total fluke? There’s too many question marks here to even have this discussion.

    • cohnjusack - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      So..

      Player A hits .280 in April and .280 in May for a .280 average on the year
      Player B hits .200 in April and .400 in May for a .300 average on the year.

      Who do you think is having a better year?
      Spoiler alert, it’s player B!

  6. ddjesus - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Seriously, not a mention of Carlos Gomez? He’s got a 4.2 WAR. You practically cited the top 10 in war and forgot GoGo?

    • Bill Baer - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      GoGo does not play in the American League.

    • bitlrc - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      barring a monumental screw-up by the writers, gogo likely will not win the AL MVP

    • Tim OShenko - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      He’s in the NL, jesus. We’re talking AL MVP candidates here. That said, GoGo is having a fantastic year.

  7. historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ddjesus - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Holy crap what a brain fart. Apologies!

    • cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      No worries. I did the same thing last season.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Just that one time? ;)

      • cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Providing we speak strictly of confusing AL 3Crown with NlL 3Crown, then yes, just that one time.

        Now if we speak of mistaking Aaron or DJ’s posts for Craig, well just last week I did that….again.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Meh, brain farts are nature’s way of freeing up storage space. Everyone does it.

        How come brain farts aren’t as funny as the other kind?

      • cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Some are funny, I think. You’ve read “barrywhereUfrom’s” comments? That’s an endless series of B-Farts and they are all hilariously stupid.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        You shouldn’t make fun of the disabled. Bad cur.

      • cur68 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        I look forward to the next time he has a run in with you. Please, when you hand him his ass again, salt the raw spot it came from real good, eh?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        /sniffs

        I don’t know what you mean. I’m charming. Some people just need a lesson in manners, is all.

  9. ddjesus - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    addendum: Wow, the AL is stacked.

  10. Dan Camponovo - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    hell of a race stacking up. hope evan longoria’s plantar fasciitis doesn’t sap him of any productivity so we get a legitimate 5-way MVP race down the stretch.

  11. barkleyblows - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Trout is the better player…. Hands down.

  12. beast2727 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Gimme trout! Ya bish

  13. aceshigh11 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Cabrera is simply inhuman.

  14. pinkfloydprism - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Trout has since fallen to 2.5 – according to ESPN… so, I think this can be put to rest.

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