The following table will show the names being discussed on radio shows and articles for MVP in the National League and one very special player in the American League, for reference. To begin with, there has been much talk about Cespedes being the MVP. But, upon looking at the numbers, even I admit that Harper has had a great year. To be sure, Cespedes has been a very clutch performer and has helped the Mets be ten games better than the Nationals since he was traded to the Mets on July 31st. Looking at the data below, we realize that Harper has been almost as good during that period and for Cespedes to win on just two months’ production, he would need to be head and shoulders better than Harper and to my chagrin, he wasn’t.
|Since August 1|
|Pro-rated for the year at the current pace|
Harper has had a tremendous sabermetric year and traditional statistics year. While Cespedes has been huge with a clutch bat, Harper has been great all year. Rizzo has also had many great clutch moments, but his numbers aren’t like the big boys.