Should Rafael Devers Get Serious Consideration for American League MVP?

Glenn Kaplan

The Boston Red Sox have had a rough 2019 season up to this point. Their record so far this season is 67-59. They are 16 games back of the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East. Boston is 6.5 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot in the American League.

The odds are very good that the Red Sox will not be able to repeat as World Series Champions. That has not been done since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.

With that being said, one of the bright spots during Boston's season so far has been third baseman Rafael Devers. For some reason, he was not voted into the MLB All-Star Game in 2019 for some reason.

Devers is only 22 years old and he is going to be a problem for years to come throughout the MLB.

The Boston Red Sox were down 6-0 after the top of the third-inning at home against the Baltimore Orioles. Boston stormed back and won the game 13-7. Devers had four hits in the game with one home run and four RBI's.

In 123 games played so far this season, his batting average is .332 with 27 home runs and 101 RBI's, along with eight stolen bases. Rafael Devers's on-base percentage is .380.

Entering the game, his WAR (Wins Above Replacement) was at 4.9.

He could very well receive some MVP votes but at the end of the day, Los Angeles Angels outfielder is probably going to walk away with the American League MVP.

Los Angeles would maybe be the worst team in the MLB if they didn't have him. Trout signed a 14-year contract extension during the offseason. Mike Trout is 28 years old.

I was surprised he decided to sign a contract extension with them considering the fact that he is from southern New Jersey. I thought Trout was going to go to the Philadelphia Phillies in a year or two before he signed that contract extension.

Entering today, Mike Trout has played in 118 games so far this season. His batting average is .298 with 41 home runs and 98 RBI's, along with 10 stolen bases. Trout's on-base percentage is .444. His WAR is 8.2.

 

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