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I suspect most other people here do too, otherwise people wouldn't keep coming back to our political threads.
Trout produced an OPS of .866 in August and .900 in September. Very good numbers, to be sure. But Cabrera took his numbers well beyond those, posting a 1.092 and a 1.071 in August and September.
For me, in an MVP debate, that's a marked difference. Enough of a difference to assign more "value" to Cabrera and give him the award. That's it and that's all. No more complex than that. In a very tight race between two deserving candidates, I'm giving it to the guy demonstrably better on offense whose play helped his team win the division.
Now, I suppose we could try to factor in the defensive and baserunning differences over that two-month span and try to see how much closer Trout got in terms of WAR over that timespan. But I also know that I keep being told how WAR is somewhat unreliable over small samples. Just like defensive metrics -- part of WAR -- should not be looked at on a monthly or even half-season basis for anything too reliable.
Agreement is boring. I think it's a lot more fun to argue with people I disagree with. I suspect most other people here do too, otherwise people wouldn't keep coming back to our political threads.
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