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My MLB MVPs to this point
June 10, 2013 - Andy Heintz
The Major League Baseball season has still got a long ways to go.
But I always enjoy lists and my first list of the MLB season is the quarter-point MVPs for both leagues.
Instead of listing my MVP choice, I will give you a few guys from each league who are most likely leading the way when it comes to the award.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
It is hard to pick against this guy. The reigning MVP and Triple Crown winner is at it again. He leads the league in batting average at .363 and RBIs at 67. He also is just three homers off that pace with 17 and leads the league with 89 hits and an on base percentage of .447.
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles are playing well enough to lead the division again and Chris Davis is the main reason why. Sure, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy are having nice starts but without Davis, the Orioles are probably in last place. He is hitting .338 and gets on base at a .415 clip while leading the league in homers with 20 and also has 52 RBIs.
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Someone from Boston has to be on this list. Last year, the Red Sox were pretty bad. Fast forward to this year and with a new manager and the team is at the top of the American League East. Dustin Pedroria has had a great start, too, but Ortiz is hitting .322 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
This Colorado shortstop has been in the mix for the MVP award during every year in which he doesn't get hurt. This year is no different as he is currently second in hitting at .351 and also has 16 homers, 51 RBIs and 40 runs scored. The .415 on base percentage is great, too.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a strong start out West and Goldschmidt is the main reason why. He leads the NL in RBIs with 58 and has also scored 43 runs while hitting .320 and blasting 15 home runs.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are scuffling right now but still own one of the best records in baseball. Votto takes a lot of heat for his high ratio of walks but he will never give up an at-bat so he can force himself into driving in more runs. Right now, he only has 10 homers and 28 RBIs but he leads the league in on base percentage at .445, is hitting .325 and is second in the league in runs scored with 49. The 49 walks also is a league high.
Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Aside from being the best catcher in the business, Molina also leads the league in hitting at .354 and plays for a first-place team. Even though most Cardinal fans feel like the whole lineup should be an MVP candidate, they likely only get one and Molina is the guy and the glue that keeps this team together.
Note: When I talk about MVP candidates I only include players that are on winning teams because that is what is most important. Jean Segura and a handful of other guys are having nice years but the Brewers are the worst team in the NL Central.
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