After the first month of the season, many thought Evan Longoria was going to run away with the AL MVP award this year. Now, as we enter the second-half of the season, Dirtbag may not even be the MVP of the Rays. Based on wOBA (similar to OPS, but on an OBP scale), Longo has only been the 4th best hitter over the first 92 games of the season.
So is Longoria still a legitimate candidate for AL MVP? Is he even a candidate for Rays MVP? Are his 70 RBI, the one category that may be out of his control, enough to keep him in the race?
Of course, none of this considers defensive contributions, pitchers, or even BJ Upton, the AL player of the month in June. Unfortunately, his horrid start leaves him with just a .711 OPS and a .326 wOBA on the year.