Who is to be NL MVP?

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.

PA R HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Cespedes 595 95 32 97 7 4 28 122 0.298 0.333 0.554 0.886
Harper 565 104 36 85 6 4 109 113 0.336 0.467 0.657 1.124
Trout 582 88 34 76 10 7 76 137 0.293 0.393 0.570 0.963
Rizzo 597 81 29 88 15 5 67 89 0.285 0.392 0.535 0.927
                         
Since August 1                    
Cespedes 168 33 14 36 4 0 9 35 0.312 0.345 0.650 0.995
Harper 163 36 7 17 2 0 35 30 0.352 0.485 0.600 1.085
Trout 157 12 2 9 0 3 27 41 0.225 0.357 0.364 0.721
Rizzo 151 25 10 31 1 0 16 32 0.277 0.424 0.569 1.139
                         
Pro-rated for the year at the current pace          
Cespedes 660 108 37 111 9 4 32 136 0.300 0.329 0.563 0.893
Harper 626 118 39 91 7 4 122 124 0.338 0.463 0.652 1.114
Trout 642 93 35 79 10 8 86 153 0.287 0.378 0.551 0.929
Rizzo 657 91 33 100 15 5 73 102 0.284 0.424 0.538 1.139

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.

6 comments for “Who is to be NL MVP?

  1. Metsense
    September 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    The MVP is not an award for the best hitter. It has been won by relief pitchers, starting pitchers, and leadership type shortstops. I can define what it is not, but I can’t define exactly what it is. The definition I choose this year is the player with the most impact on a pennant race and with my biased opinion I choose Cespedes.

    • TexasGusCC
      September 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you for your comment Metsense. I am biased too, but his National League numbers are a bit short. However, there’s three weeks left and deGrom won the Rookie of the Year with his production down the stretch, so, you never know.

  2. September 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    In 5 weeks, Cespedes has nearly as many HR as a Met as he did in 4 months in Detroit. DET 18 HR NYM 16 HR

    • TexasGusCC
      September 26, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Good point Charlie. That’s how hot he has been.

  3. Chris F
    September 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Its simply not going to go to a guy with 2 months of time. Is Cespedes amazing? Sure. And he has transformed the team directly and indirectly. But he’s not going to overcome the overall value of Harper or even Rizzo for that matter who have contributed to their teams equally and all in the NL. Maybe if there is a transformation of how the MVP is considered given the amount of interleague play he would have a chance. In this case, he will garner some lower place votes, but you can put Harper in the books for MVP.

    We made a move that eliminated his personal achievement for an award, but at the same time, that move made the team better and hopefully will get us a couple nice pieces of hardware and flags to hang. Im sure he would prefer it too.

    • TexasGusCC
      September 26, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Chris, it seems like all the talk has disappeared with Cespedes’ cold streak. But I agree, he hasn’t been on the Mets long enough.

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