Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman is working to lock up his candidacy of the AL MVP Award with this stat. What’s the latest in the race to the finish?
The Houston Astros are the best team in baseball with a 105-55 record but even if one uses that as a barometer to determine how good this team is, it’s definitely a topic for debate among the plethora of fanbases that will see their respective teams participate in the postseason.
There have been so many milestones crossed that I’ve lost count but the most important is that this team has won more games than any other Houston Astros‘ assembly of players in franchise history.
That notion alone certainly can’t go unnoticed and it goes to show how committed to excellence these guys are to ensure that they’re doing their best out there to be successful. This collection of athletes is just such a unique breed — they care for each other, they get along and they all revel in knowing that they’re the team with a huge target painted on their back.
It seems that they actually like such a thing and it gives them even more motivation to go out and pummel the competition.
What a refreshing thought as we go into the final games of the 2019 season which will be two more games — tonight and tomorrow — before it’s time to gear up for that chase for the World Series trophy.
Alex Bregman has had the best campaign of his career and he still hasn’t yet reached his prime. The ceiling remains high for him and I can’t imagine what type of player he will be once he gets there. The things I’ve seen this guy do with a baseball is nothing short of amazing.
Is he the American League’s Most Valuable Player? As it stands right now, he certainly is and there are numbers to prove it.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been shut down for the season with an injury to his right foot and with him not being able to make his case in the games played, this opens the door wide-open for Bregman. Trout is highly-touted as one of the greatest players of this current era of baseball — possibly all-time if he keeps his current track — but Bregman has just as great of a case to make for himself.
So how valuable are each of these players are to their respective teams?
Right at this moment, Bregman is closing in on Trout’s bWAR (8.4) with an 8.2 to his credit. In terms of fWAR, Trout has an 8.6 while Bregs has an 8.3.
It’s awfully close — and regardless of how the voters react to their numbers — each indicates that
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they’re an amazing track to be the MVP.
It’s tough to hear Trout is not available to defend his status but somebody has to win the award.
Just like Trout, Bregman shows up for work every day ready to conquer the competition with an overzealous desire to be the best. When you have that additive in your proverbial gas tank, NOTHING can stop one’s momentum and it’s going to be one of these guys that will win the award.
The votes will be flooding in after the last pitch has been thrown from all of the games in 2019 and when the dust settles, I think Bregman will come out the winner.
Good luck Bregs — go Houston Astros!
Bregman is posting a slash line of .296/.421/.595 for a 1.015 OPS along with 41 home runs and 111 ribbies through 550 at-bats in 154 games this season.