This article will look at 6 top candidates. I have singled out Giancarlo Stanston, Jonathan Lucroy, Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen, Clayton Kershaw, and Adam Wainwright. I have used a proprietary rating system that I developed for a baseball simulation game called 'True to Life Baseball'. This rating system rates batters in 3 offensive categories. Then it combines the offensive score with a defensive rating and a base running rating. The pitchers are simply rated in 5 separate pitching categories. The highest possible score for both batters and pitchers is 60. This enables batters and pitchers to be compared side by side for value, albeit subjectively. Though all non-concrete stats are subjective. What I mean by a non-concrete stat would be WAR, (wins above replacement) while a concrete stat would be something like batting average or OBP. (on base percentage)
Here are the ratings for each of the players mentioned from highest to lowest:
I don't follow the NL that close. I do like Giancarlo Stanston as he is really the heart of the Marlins who are pulling in to wildcard range now. I agree about the pitchers shouldn't get doubled up on awards. The Brewers have faded so bad and Lucroy is slumping also so he can be crossed off.
Post by cardinalnation on Sept 10, 2014 7:59:13 GMT -6
Molina would have been in the running if he hadn't gotten hurt and been out so long. The Cards talent is evenly distributed that one player doesn't stand out as much as teams who have just 1 star player. Everyone expected the Cards to be where they are, so that hurts them in MVP voting. Wainwright might have been there but he had 5 sub par outings in a row in August.