On the other hand, Otani is promoting better than he did when he was the unanimous player of the year last year. He may have positioned himself in Cy Young’s conversation, to go along with the 34 homers.
According to Baseball-Reference’s win above substitution stats, the two are pretty close. The judge was at 9.9 entering on Sunday, while Otani was at 9.0.
As amazing as it is, two factors — both last year and this year — keep Ohtani’s War a little lower than Barry Bonds/Babe Ruth’s stratosphere. In addition to his desire, the angels are careful not to overuse it. He threw 130 1/3 innings last year and has 153 this year. His lack of defensive value also works against him.
This is just a scratch, of course. If Ohtani didn’t win the MVP award this time around, he would have needed a really amazing performance to beat him.
Here are some other popular MVP races over the years:
1941 (AL): Joe Dimaggio on Ted Williams. Perhaps the most famous MVP race came the year DiMaggio earned his 56-game hitting streak and hit the .406 Williams.
1961 (AL): Maris on Mickey Mantell. This was a close race though as Maris—who beat Mantle in the 1960 MVP award as well—made 61 home runs to break Ruth’s record. Mantle played a tougher stance, and while that wasn’t an obvious factor at the time, he had a massive 10.4-6.9 advantage over Maris in WAR.
1987 (AL): George Bell on Alan Trammell. The Trammell Tigers went up against Bell’s Blue Jays for the AL East title, but Detroit’s shortstop was unable to overcome 47 home points and 134 RBIs.
1998 (NL): Sammy Sosa on Mark McGuire. McGuire (70) beat Sosa (66) in the home race after both broke Maris’ record, but the MVP vote was lopsided in Sosa’s favour. The Cubs have performed in the playoffs, and have led the league in match races and RBIs.
2012 (AL): Miguel Cabrera on Mike Trout. In a contentious race between traditionalists and new age stats, Triple Crown-winning Cabrera won the MVP award – and the vote wasn’t even close. Trout settled into second place despite producing 10.5 wars as a starter. After finishing second to Cabrera again the following year, Trout won three MVPs in the game.
Last weekend, Houston’s Dusty Baker became the fourth coach to have 100 wins in both leagues. Who are the others?
Colton Wong Hit three runs at home And he drove in five games to lead Milwaukee to a 5-1 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night. The Brewers finished Week 1 1/2 a game behind Philadelphia for the last wild card in the NL.
The Kansas City Royals scored 11 runs in the sixth inning on Sunday to end a nine-game deficit against Seattle. Kansas City gold to win 13-12. Not that we need advanced stats to put that into perspective, but we need Baseball Savant Lists the odds of winning Kansas City 0.3% during the sixth inning.
The Royal Family had five turns and seven strokes in the half. Seattle still leads Baltimore by four games for the last AL wild card – and has a tiebreaker over the Orioles – but if the Mariners don’t miss the playoffs, this game will be hard to forget.
Sparky Anderson (1970, 1975 and 1976 with Cincinnati, 1984 with Detroit), Witty Herzog (1977 with Kansas City, 1985 with St. Louis) and Tony La Russa (1988 and 1990 with Oakland, 2004 and 2005 with St. Louis). In addition to this year, Baker did so with San Francisco in 1993, his first season as a coach.
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