After four plate appearances, here is a ridiculous question for you to ponder. Isn’t possible that Evan Longoria has the inside track to win the AL MVP award?
All he did was get a hit and drive in a run with a sac fly. That’s not exactly Kirk Gibson. But, the lineup felt different. The hitters around him acted different. We scored more than 0 runs.
Lets say last night wasn’t our weekly offensive “outburst” and this club is going to go from a .500 team that scores 1 run per night to a good team that scores 4 runs per night. And lets say that last night is the tipping point. That change puts us in the playoffs. Right? No question we at least use an improvement like that to get into the wild-card play-in game (does it count as making the playoffs if you get into the one-game wild card series? Or, do you have to win Game 163 to be a ‘playoff team?’). But, with the Yankees recent struggles, it isn’t unrealistic to think the Rays can win the East if they start playing better.
So, lets say they win a Wild Card or win the East. Isn’t Longoria the MVP? Can you reasonably argue that another player in the American League was more “valuable” than him under that hypothetical? The team is a playoff team with him. They are a marginally good team without him. That is the very definition of value. Right?