It’s been the hot debate over the last 2 weeks as we head down the stretch of the remaining 20 or so games of the regular season. Who will be the MVP? Bryce Harper looked like he was going to run away with it untouched, but we must not overlook Yoenis Cespedes as a serious candidate to give him a run for his money. Harper has been raking all season, but now down the stretch when it matters, he’s been pretty invisible.
He finally decided to show up to the NL East Pennant race in game 3 vs. the Mets and even then it wasn’t enough to get his team a win in any of the 3 games which almost certainly buried their playoff chances. Yesterday, against the Marlins of all teams, where every game is a must win for them now, Harper struck out 3 times stranded 5 runners in their 2-1 loss to Miami.
Don’t get me wrong….Harper has been absolutely mashing the ball this season and probably has every right to win the MVP this year.
The sick part of this, the kid is only 22 years old. Yeah I’m going to call him kid, because that little shit is a whole year younger than me. At 22 I wasn’t setting the MLB on fire, I was working for Mickey Mouse in Orlando. Id like to think what I was doing was cooler, but to each their own. The MVP should not be all about how you start though, it should include how you finish, and no one is finishing their season off better than Yoenis Cespedes right now.
Since the Mets acquired him at the trade deadline, he has become the New York Mets offense. Since August 1st Cespedes leads the league in Hits with 52. Leads the league in RBI’s with 39. Leads the league with a .681 Slug Pct, and is 2nd in home runs with 15. I mean what Yo has done since the race for the NL East Pennant has heated up has been so masterful I could cry.
Yoenis Cespedes and his offense have helped the Mets to a 27-11 record since August 1st, and thats good enough for 3rd in the MLB right now. He has literally changed the way the Mets played baseball. He has sparked this team in the best way possible to the point where you feel confident in everyone and anyone to help contribute to the offense on any given night. You think its just a coincidence how much better this team has been since acquiring Yo?
No coincidence here.
When its come down to the facts, when its mattered, Yoenis Cespedes has been the better ball player than Bryce Harper. Im not saying this whole season, but when the games have mattered the most to their teams, Yoenis Cespedes has stepped up to the plate literally and figuratively. Nailed that one.
At the end of the day what Cespedes has been doing has been nothing short of amazing and has turned the Mets into a great story and quite possibly a postseason threat. With that being said, its hard to see him coming away with the trophy at the end of the season. If Yoenis continues to light the league, and Mets on fire, he surely will get his fair share of love for the trophy, but at the end of the day when it comes down to the vote, Harper is clearly the frontrunner.
Its cool though Bryce, we’re going after the bigger and better trophy in October…But hey, maybe your caddy can rip off your golf visor and you can do your cute little hair flip thing on the golf course.