cubsfan- im not trying to be a homer
... but theres no denying that as of right now Manny has been the best hitter in the AL this year upto this point.
aight.. lets look at the numbers once again. Manny on the left and Sir Vlad on the right. the AL ranks are in the ().
RBI- 77(T-2) 77 (T-2)
R- 55 (15) 74(1)
BA .342(3) .341(4)
HR- 26(1) 20(6)
2B- 28(3) 25 (6)
SB (did i hear "overrated" in real life ball)
- Manny:1 Vlad:7
these are the ones that id say count MORE than circumstancial and dare i say somewhat "lucky" stats like RBI's and Runs.
OBP- .434(1) .391(12)
SLUG.- .674(1) .582 (4)
OPS- 1.108(1) .973 (5)
yep, Manny has 19 less runs than Vlad but his obp is more than 40 points higher.
of course, Manny also has a sizable lead in TB and XBH's and is at the top in both of those cats. and also if you wanna know and its not already clear enough, i'll prove to you that Manny has shown a lot more raw power than Vlad.
of course, i love Vlad and when all is said and done, Vlad will obviously be one of the top candidates for AL MVP but im sick and tired of people thinking that Vlad is the slam dunk AL MVP of this year. i dont think many people realize that Manny is having a rhidiculously good year and is on pace for what would be his career year.
of course theres a lot of time left and i wount be surprised even a tiny bit if Vlad won the mvp but right now its gotta be Manny.