Josh Donaldson Takes Stranglehold Of AL MVP Race
Toronto Blue Jays hot corner specialist Josh Donaldson has gone full beast-mode on the AL MVP race taking a stranglehold as the odds on favorite for the prestigious award. Donaldson has leapfrogged Mike Trout, the face of the Los Angeles Angels franchise over the last four weeks thanks partially to an incredible month of August with the lumber.
In the last 30 days Donaldson is batting .350 with a 1.172 OPS and 11 round trippers during the Blue Jays recent diamond dominance. On the flip side Trout has scuffled of late batting .238 with an uninspiring .737 OPS and only one homer in his last 30 days of work. Donaldson has taken the dog days of summer by the horns and is showing no signs of relenting anytime soon.
The gritty third baseman sports a .304 average with 157 hits and a .961 OPS complimented by 36 homers and 111 runs batted in 516 at bats. Trout has a .297 average with 141 hits and a .972 OPS while swatting 33 home runs and knocking in 74 in 475 at bats.
On the sabermetrics side Donaldson has a 7.4 WAR with 159 wRC+ and an isolated power average of .283 thus far on the season, while conversely Trout has a 6.8 WAR with 170 wRC+ and an ISO of .279.
The Blue Jays third baseman has separated himself from Trout with his overall body of work and leads the young center-fielder in almost all offensive categories.
Odds makers have Donaldson as a 9/10 favorite for the award while Trout 13/12, Albert Pujols 25/1 and Nelson Cruz 40/1 all lag behind respectively. The MVP competition is predominately a two-horse race between JD and Trout.
Donaldson has become a leader on and off the field in his first season north of the border for the AL East leading Blue Jays. The Canadian faithful remind Donaldson of his excellence serenading him with MVP chants every-time he digs in the box.
Donaldson recently spoke about his desire to help the team win. “I’m in a position in the lineup where I need to come through, and fortunately I’ve been able to do that,” Donaldson said. “Every time I come up I expect to not only have a good at-bat, but to help my team win.”
There is no questioning the numbers and impact that Donaldson has brought to the playoff bound Blue Jays, the only thing that remains is the hardware.