A-Rod’s Big Night Puts Him Right Back Into The MVP Race

With three home runs and five RBI in Saturday night’s game against the Royals, A-Rod has put himself right into the middle of the American League MVP race this year.

A-Rod smacked his first home run of the night in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie, giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead, it was also the first of three Yankee home runs in the inning, as Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson would go back-to-back later.

He hit a two run shot for his second of the night the following inning to straight away center field, bouncing off the hitter’s back drop.

The hat trick was completed after he launched his third home run to deep left field, which was also a two run shot and sealed the victory for the Yanks 8-3.

This marks the fourth time that A-Rod has hit three home runs in one game, and his first since April 26, 2005 where he also hit three bombs and drove in 10 runs against the Angels.

After belting his three home runs and driving in five runs on Saturday, A-Rod has planted himself right in the middle of the MVP race.

He now leads the league in RBI with 97, added to his 21 home runs and .268 batting average, you have to say that he is right in the mix for a chance to win his fourth MVP award this year.

Right now, I would have to give Josh Hamilton the award, but a lot can change with about a month and a half to go this season and A-Rod could still be the MVP, despite having an offensively down year by his standards.

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5 Responses to A-Rod’s Big Night Puts Him Right Back Into The MVP Race

  1. Mike S. says:

    It would be very, very difficult for him to win the MVP if his BA stays where it is… .268.

    It fact, that .268 would be the lowest BA ever for a non-pitcher MVP in the AL. At present, the lowest BA for an AL MVP that was a non-pitcher was… (get ready for it…)

    .269 by Roger Maris in 1961.

    The lowest BA for any non-pitcher to win an MVP was the .267 by Marty Marion in the WWII year of 1944. Marion won the MVP by one point over Bill "Swish" Nicholson of the Cubs.

    • Lucas Weick says:

      I don't think that A-Rod's current batting average would get it done, especially compared to Josh Hamilton's average. But there is still plenty of time for A-Rod to raise his average and increase his home runs, while adding to his RBI count. So we will just have to wait and see what plays out over the next month and a half, but leading the league in RBI certainly puts him in the conversation.

      • Mike S. says:

        Something tells me he would have to kick some butt in the last 45 games and get the average over .290 to be considered. At present, the top Yanks MVP candidate is still Cano, with (surprise) Swisher maybe #2.

        I would love to see where Rivera ends up. Relievers aren't usually considered. There have been years where Mo got better support for MVP than CYA. Mo has had a couple of top 10 finishes. I just wonder what the voters are thinking of his season so far. I mean, 1.06 is 1.06. Amazing for someone over 40 1/2 years old.

        • Lucas Weick says:

          Mo has truly had one of his best years (if not the best)this season, and at age 40, that's very impressive for a player of his caliber. The only thing standing in his way is the amount of saves, currently with 24, which is sixth best and nine off the leaders in the AL. His ERA is remarkable though and I think that a CYA (or MVP) is long overdue to the best closer in history.

  2. Brian Burkhart says:

    Yeah, I have to say I think it would take perhaps the best month and a half of A-Rod's career to make him a serious MVP candidate. More important than his BA is that his OBP is only .335, way behind his .387 career average. A-Rod at this point could struggle to post a total WAR above 4, and I can't remember the last time an MVP had a WAR less than 6 (for reference, A-Rod's WAR was well over 9 both years he won the MVP as a Yankee).

    In my mind, the candidates are Cano, Morneau, Longoria, Cabrera, and Hamilton. As much as I love Rivera, I'm doubtful any pitcher will be seriously considered. I'm sure Mo will still finish top 10, maybe even top 5 if he finishes strong.