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.

 
 

4 Comments

  1. Charles says:

    Zorilla has not only provided an exceptional bat, but also positional flexibility and better than expected defense at his two primary positions (in fact, his outfield RF/9 is above league average, while he’s a shade below average at second, but he’s only committed 3 errors total on the year across all positions). With Aki going down and low output from Kapler, Burrell and (until recently) Bossman, Zorilla filled a huge void. I shudder to think how bad things might have been without him.

    By the way, Ben Zobrist ranks 6th in the majors in VORP right now, while Bartlett is 8th. The 5 ahead of Zobrist: Pujols, Utley, Fielder, Hanley & Joe Mauer – that’s not bad company.

  2. Beth says:

    Hello — haven’t we all forgotten someone? Why didn’t you include CC’s numbers in your list of potential Rays all stars? I know he complains that he gets no respect from fans around the league, but when his hometown fans don’t even name him in a discussion of the team’s MVP we’re in trouble! Props to Zobrist and Bartlett for great years, but CC has been there, on offense and defense, every day.

  3. theraysparty says:

    upton has been hot since the start of May. His wOBA was over .400 in June. And that is the same period the Rays have been winning.

  4. Scot says:

    Longo has been well above average in defense. If we include defense, it is clear – Longo with 4.7 WARP1 (wins above replacement player), followed by Zob: 4.2, Bartlett and Crawford at: 3.8

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