It isn’t just Red Sox fans acknowledging Mookie Betts’ excellence anymore, he’s being recognized nationally. As of late, some have suggested that Betts is close to entering Mike Trout territory. And, it isn’t necessarily crazy to think that. The impact that Betts has had on his team is extraordinary, both offensively and defensively. I thought it’d be interesting to compare some 2016 stats between the two stars as of September 8th:
Mookie Betts’ offensive WAR: 5.3 MB batting average: .316 MB hits: 185
Mike Trout’s offensive WAR: 8.7 MT batting average: .323 MT hits: 153
MB total bases: 322 MB extra-base hits: 72 MB runs scored: 105
MT total bases: 257 MT extra-base hits: 61 MT runs scored: 109
MB triples: 5 MB doubles: 37 MB times on base: 226
MT triples: 4 MT doubles: 30 MT times on base: 257
MB singles: 113 MB runs created: 117 MB OPS: .907
MT singles: 92 MT runs created: 133 MT OPS: 1.015
MB home runs: 30 MB runs: 105 MB OBP: .357
MT home runs: 27 MT runs: 109 MB OBP: .442
MB putouts as RF: 291 MB assists as RF: 12 MB games in OF: 135
MT putouts as CF: 312 MT assists as CF: 7 MT games in OF: 130
MB fielding % as OF: .997 MB double plays turned as OF: 2
MT fielding % as OF: .998 MT double plays turned as OF: 1
Take with those numbers what you will. As most baseball fans know, there’s Mike Trout, and then there’s everybody else. Mookie Betts is making his case to make it Mike Trout and Mookie Betts, then everybody else. It’s pretty 50/50 on who owns top spot in those individual stats I mentioned, which is insane considering how good of an all-around baseball player Trout is. In the stats that Mookie is behind Trout in, he isn’t far behind. I would’ve said that you’re crazy if you told me, say one year ago or so, that Betts would be right behind Trout overall in the league. We all know that Betts is a talented kid, but I don’t think many expected him to be this good, especially this soon.
The top three players for American League MVP right now are Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and Jose Altuve, pretty much in that order, depending on how you view it. There’s still twenty some-odd games remaining in the regular season, but it will really be between those three studs for MVP. Not to mention, it’s very hard to tell who will win the award in the end. Some people think that the MVP winner should be on a team that is contending; then again some believe that shouldn’t matter. That’s why it’s difficult to tell who will win. Trout is on a hot garbage Angels team this year, which may or may not factor into the voting results. Betts and Altuve are on contending teams, the Red Sox and Astros. These next three weeks will be huge in terms of who the most valuable player really is.
Who do you think will be crowned AL MVP this season?