Trout pulling away in MLB MVP race despite LeMahieu's heroics
DJ LeMahieu has been incredible for the New York Yankees this season, but Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is the front-runner for the MLB MVP in the American League.
Trout went two for five with two home runs and four RBIs in the Angels' 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. He now leads LeMahieu in every category offensively except two — batting average and hits.
In fact, LeMahieu leads Trout significantly on those fronts, as he finished the Yankees' 5-1 win over the New York Mets with a .342 average and 110 hits for the season.
But here is the kicker, despite trailing by nearly 50 points in average, Trout is beating LeMahieu by 65 points in on-base percentage.
Trout is also topping LeMahieu in slugging, OPS, OPS+, WAR, home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and walks. He has walked 51 more times than his Yankees counterpart, which makes his numbers even more impressive.
And, for those out there who say a player who plays for a losing team cannot win an MVP, go talk to Giancarlo Stanton, whose Marlins went 77-85 in 2017 when he won the award.
Trout – a two-time AL MVP and eight-time All-Star has willed a mediocre and injured Angels team over .500.
Strasburg stars as Nats top Marlins
Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg tossed 7.3 innings of scoreless baseball with 14 strikeouts in a 3-1 win against the Marlins.
Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini homered from both sides of the plate in a 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cincinnati Reds starter Sonny Gray struck out 12 batters in eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Alvarado pummelled by Orioles
Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jose Alvarado gave up five earned runs in 0.3 of an inning in a 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Arenado makes it look easy
Nolan Arenado is a cheat code. The Houston Astros, though, defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-2.
Too easy for Nolan pic.twitter.com/5IXltoBRpe— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 4, 2019
Chicago White Sox 7-5 Detroit Tigers
Chicago White Sox 9-6 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 3-1 Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Chicago Cubs
Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 Boston Red Sox
Baltimore Orioles 9-6 Tampa Bay Rays
New York Yankees 5-1 New York Mets
Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves 9-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Houston Astros 4-2 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians 4-0 Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Oakland Athletics
San Francisco Giants 7-5 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Arizona Diamondbacks
St Louis Cardinals 5-2 Seattle Mariners
Phillies at Braves
The Phillies need to win the rubber game of this three-game series for a couple of reasons. For one, they need to cut into Atlanta's five-and-a-half game lead in the division, and secondly, a divisional win against one of the best teams in the National League can only build confidence going forward.