It’s always around middle of August that people start discussing their picks for MVP. Of course Mike Trout’s name is always going to be floating around, as it should be. Trout just continues to beg belief that he is really human when every single night of the week he continues to grow as a player and someone who I think one day will earn himself a plaque in Cooperstown. It would also be unfair not to mention Jose Altuve who also has added power to his array of talents making himself a five-tool player. Both of these guys are having monster years on top of the monster years they’ve already had but the MVP isn’t about previous years, it’s about this year only.
For a few weeks now, I’ve believed that Betts HAS been better than Trout, and after what he did yesterday, it only confirmed what I now know. Coming into the day, Betts had batted .309 with 150 hits and 23 homers with 76 RBI’s and he recorded the majority of those numbers batting in the lead-off spot. That’s generally unheard of for a guy hitting in that spot. If they aren’t MVP numbers then what are?
For the second time this season, Betts had himself a 3 homer game (collecting 8 RBI’s) after doing it in Baltimore earlier this year. To put into perspective how good that is, the only other player in Red Sox history to have multi 3-HR games in the same season is Ted Williams. It made so much sense moving Betts down to third in the line-up because of his power and if he has guys like Pedroia & Bogaerts hitting in front of him, then there’s no telling how many RBI’s he could have ended up with if he hit third from the start of the season. The scariest thing about Mookie Betts? He thinks he was in a slump.
"I hadn't been swinging the bat too well prior to today." – Mookie Betts, who hit .360 with a .996 OPS over last 12 games coming into today.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) August 14, 2016
So, as of today he has more hits, doubles, triples, homers, RBI’s and an higher OBP & SLG % than Trout. Sorry Mike, this guy is winning the MVP award.
Mookie for THREEEEEE! https://t.co/bD4OJUMoBv
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 14, 2016
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 15, 2016