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2006 MVP Watch #4

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Woo hoo, my three World Series box sets showed up today. I’ll try to figure out some sort of entry to do on the sets beyond a simple review. Probably will start by watching the bonus disk on the 1986 set that has Game 6 of the NLCS.

 

Hey remember how overrated Carlos Beltran was and how he was overpaid? What happened to that talk? He’s arguably the best healthy player in baseball right now. To no surprise Pujols is still on top even on the DL but Beltran is making a serious push for the top spot. If the Mets do end up winning the East you could have an interesting teammate duel for the MVP with him and David Wright, depending on how much Pujols’ injury time affects his chances. Scott Rolen has stepped up in Pujols’ absence and makes his first appearance in the Top 10. After a huge jump into the Top 10, Alfonso Soriano goes cold and nearly tumbles out of it while his teammate Nick Johnson is red hot. The slumping Chase Utley drops out of the Top 10 for the first time this season.

 

#10 Alfonso Soriano, Nationals

.289/.350/.585, 57 RC, .299 EQA, 23.9 VORP, 13 Win Shares

 

#9 Bobby Abreu, Phillies

.292/.455/.500, 54 RC, .318 EQA, 23.9 VORP, 14 Win Shares

 

#8 Scott Rolen, Cardinals

.355/.430/.589, 42 RC, .323 EQA, 27.7 VORP, 12 Win Shares

 

#7 Nick Johnson, Nationals

.309/.436/.554, 55 RC, .328 EQA, 30.5 VORP, 13 Win Shares

 

#6 Miguel Cabrera, Marlins

.339/.435/.562, 54 RC, .330 EQA, 34.0 VORP, 11 Win Shares

 

#5 Lance Berkman, Astros

.308/.386/.602, 53 RC, .313 EQA, 24.2 VORP, 14 Win Shares

 

#4 David Wright, Mets

.335/.404/.587, 55 RC, .319 EQA, 33.0 VORP, 12 Win Shares

 

#3 Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks

226 ERA+, 5.69 K/BB, 1.07 WHIP, 41.6 VORP, 13 Win Shares

 

#2 Carlos Beltran, Mets

.300/.408/.643, 59 RC, .329 EQA, 34.3 VORP, 17 Win Shares

 

#1

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.308/.442/.751, 65 RC, .357 EQA, 38.1 VORP, 19 Win Shares

 

Finally we have a new #1 in the A.L. as Jim Thome is starting to cool off. He actually leads the league in Win Shares still but the new #1 topped him in every other category. Joe Mauer pulls off what Alfonso Soriano did last week and makes a huge jump into the Top 10. Vernon Wells also makes a big jump and might be emerging as a serious MVP candidate this year. I do have some sad news this week…Baseball Jesus has dropped out. Do not cry though, there will be a resurrection.

 

#10 Curtis Granderson, Tigers

.282/.379/.464, 49 RC, .290 EQA, 18.5 VORP, 13 Win Shares

 

#9 Ramon Hernandez, Orioles

.292/.353/.498, 50 RC, .291 EQA, 17.7 VORP, 13 Win Shares

 

#8 Miguel Tejada, Orioles

.333/.392/.556, 51 RC, .318 EQA, 37.1 VORP, 11 Win Shares

 

#7 Jermaine Dye, White Sox

.298/.393/.639, 47 RC, .325 EQA, 23.1 VORP, 12 Win Shares

 

#6 Alexis Rios, Blue Jays

.335/.386/.623, 51 RC, .320 EQA, 28.2 VORP, 12 Win Shares

 

#5 Jason Giambi, Yankees

.270/.443/.616, 54 RC, .341 EQA, 26.5 VORP, 12 Win Shares

 

#4 Joe Mauer, Twins

.378/.443/.523, 44 RC, .331 EQA, 33.0 VORP, 12 Win Shares

 

#3 Vernon Wells, Blue Jays

.328/.384/.624, 53 RC, .320 EQA, 34.7 VORP, 12 Win Shares

 

#2 Jim Thome, White Sox

.281/.415/.615, 61 RC, .331 EQA, 29.8 VORP, 14 Win Shares

 

#1

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.303/.454/.620, 65 RC, .356 EQA, 37.7 VORP, 13 Win Shares

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Finally some respect.

 

My vote is for Vernon Wells. Hafner and Thome are having great years. I just can't fully get behind a DH. Especially if their numbers aren't overwhelmingly better.

 

 

 

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