THE NL MVP IS…
…David Wright. The reasons:
- Overall dominance. 30 105 .322/.414/.550. 41 doubles. 34 steals in 39 attempts.
- Hitting with RISP. Wright is hitting .313/.439/.560. He’s actually a better hitter with RISP.
- Overcame a very slow start. Since May he has been phenomenal. In the second half he is hitting .361/.465/.607. In August he hit .394/.516/.657. He score 28 runs in 28 games. Dog days? Not for him. And he’s been hot throughout September too.
- Carlos Delgado has been awful. Beltran has decreased his OPS this year by over 100 points. Jose Reyes down almost 50. Moises Alou has only played in 82 games. Which makes Wright’s performance all the more impressive. Wright’s OPS? Up over 50 points from last year. He’s been the glue, the man and any other superlative you can add to him.
- He’s hit 9 of his homers against Atlanta and Philly. You’d think he would be pounding the lesser teams but he has hit only 3 against Washington and Florida.
- In New York they are marveling at his improvement on defense. David Lennon from Newsday says “Wright would like to cut down on his errors, but his ability to charge soft rollers and throw across his body has made difficult plays look almost routine for him.” Lennon mentioned this in his August 31 column supporting Wright for MVP.
Yes, Prince Fielder and Jimmy Rollins are solid contenders. But I think Wright has to be named the NL MVP.
[tags]David Wright, New York Mets, MVP[/tags]