Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout may finally earn his first American League MVP honors this season.
The last two seasons Trout was right behind Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in the MVP race. Cabrera won the award in 2012 when he became the first player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown award. He won the award again last season with numbers that were comparable to his Triple Crown season, but Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles ruined Cabrera's chances by earning consecutive Triple Crown's when he hit a major league best 56 home runs.
Despite a career year by Davis, Trout finished second to Cabrera the last two years in an American League MVP race which seemed to be debatable by many.
Trout, however did not let two second place finishes in the MVP race affect him at all. In fact, Trout has responded by belting 30 home runs in each of the past two seasons. In last nights win over the Miami Marlins, Trout blasted a 426 foot shot to over the center field wall for his 30th home run of this season. It was the ninth time this season where Trout hit a home run that went 425 feet or more.
With a month left, who knows how many more long balls the 23-year-old phenom will end up hitting this season. Trout is very deserving of American League MVP honors after the 2014 season that he has put together. He leads the major leagues with 71 extra-base hits and 283 total bases. Trout is the ultimate five-tool player and is arguably the best all-around player in the game today. So far this season, his numbers are truly impressive. He tied his career best 30 home runs to go along with 91 RBIs and 94 runs scored batting at the top of solid Angels lineup. Trout has also shown a keen eye at the plate, drawing 69 walks this season. He has also swiped 12 bases.
Trout continues to do it all, and will end this season with some of the best numbers of his young career. He will likely reach 100 runs, 100 RBIs and could possibly hit 10 more home runs to reach 40, and could be a possible unanimous American League MVP award winner.
Angels riding the wave
Along with Trout's individual honors, he has led the Angels to take over first place in the wild American League West division, passing the Oakland Athletics who held the lead for much of the season. The Angels currently lead Oakland by one game in the West, and start a crucial four game series with them tonight in Los Angeles.
Trout could further boost his MVP status by performing well over these next four games against the A's proving that he can get it done in the big games, showing why he deserves American League MVP honors.