The baseball season is slowing starting to wind down now but debates for award candidates are just starting to heat up.
Eyes are always going to be on who might win the “Gold Glove”, “Silver Slugger” and Cy Young awards but no prize is bigger than the MVP in the MLB.
A crowded field
There are a number of potential winners for this prestigious title including Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen and Seattle Mariner Ace Felix Hernandez.
The two frontrunners for most fans and analysts are LA’s very own Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers. It would be an incredible feat for the two MVP’s to be located in the same city; in fact, this would be the first time since 1959 that it has been done.
At that particular time, it was Nellie Fox and Ernie Banks of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, respectively.
Are these two phenomenal players unanimous favorites though? The answer at this time would have to be no at this point in the season… That could very well change going forward though.
Statistics speak for themselves
But here are just a few of the numbers for Trout and Kershaw. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has hit for a batting average of .294, an on-base percentage of .382, with a solid slugging percentage of .570.
Any baseball fanatic would tell you that is a very, very solid set of numbers there; but Clayton Kershaw is no slouch either and has the numbers to prove it. The Dodgers southpaw star pitcher has won 14 games while only losing two and has managed to lower an already amazing earned run average (ERA) of 1.83 from last season to an even better 1.78.
Still time to break out
There are roughly another 30 to 40 games left in the 2014 season and while you could draw any of these names out of hat (Hernandez, McCutchen, Kershaw, and Trout) and be happy, no one would dispute these two LA stars and the way they are playing right now.