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10 Degrees: Mike Trout adds ‘value’ to MVP Debate – Yahoo Sports
Jeff Passan explores how advanced metrics plays a role in the MVP debate and uses the Cabrera-Trout debate from last year as a starting point.
“What do we make of a five-time All-Star who, after signing a five-year, $125-million deal, is hitting .218 with a .275 OBP, .404 slugging percentage, 17 homers, 54 RBIs and 113 strikeouts, yet has had no major injuries?
Is this a fluke, a down year that Hamilton, 32, will bounce back from? Or is this as good as it’s going to get for Hamilton, who often looks overmatched at the plate?”
“Jason Vargas will throw a between-starts bullpen session Sunday at Progressive Field, and if the Angels left-hander comes out of it feeling good, he’ll start Tuesday against the Yankees in the Bronx.”