The MVP Argument For Teixeira or Jeter
Let me begin by saying that I’m under no illusion that either Derek Jeter or Teixeira is actually going to win AL MVP. Not with the year Joe Mauer is having:
G(95) AB(366) R(73) H(139) 2B(21) 3B(1) HR(25) RBI(77) BB(48) SO(47) SB(3) CS(1) AVG(.380) OBP(.448) SLG(.648) OPS(1.095)
That guy is having an absolutely remarkable season–and this is after he missed a month! Still, I figure I’d do my best impression of a savvy politician and feed the base! I actually just want to get feedback from you guys and see where you stand with one of our guys possibly winning. If you don’t think it’s close, and I personally don’t, where do you rank El Capitan or Teixeira?
So let’s start with Teixeira’s numbers going into today:
G(117) AB(460) R(73) H(130) 2B(33) 3B(0) HR(31) RBI(89) BB(66) SO(83) SB(2) CS(0) AVG(.283) OBP(.381) SLG(.557) OPS(.937)
T-1st in HR
2nd in RBI
4th in .SLG
5th in .OPS
T-9th in BB
19th in Hits
Great season. He absolutely carried us after a horrendous April. He’s on pace to hit 40 HRs and drive in a solid 110-130 RBI.
Ok, now Jeter:
G(115) AB(486) R(81) H(161) 2B(21) 3B(1) HR(15) RBI(54) BB(48) SO(65) SB(21) CS(4) AVG(.331) OBP(.395) SLG(.471) OPS(.866)
2nd in hits
5th in BA
8th in .OBP
11th in SB
21st in .OPS
Has there been anybody better at the lead-off spot this season? In 2009, Jeter has arguably been one of the most consistent players in the game. He’s even got some pop in his bat and is playing defense at a higher level, certainly when compared to the 2008 season.
So those are the raw numbers. What do you think? How much do you factor overall team success into your decision? Are there any intangibles our guys have that should merit consideration?