Schizophrenic Earwig Men

Monday, October 24, 2005

So. It's time to update the ol' Schizophrenic Earwig Men. Heh. This purple font rules.

The World Series appears to be in the hands of the Chicago White Sox, who lead the Astros 2-0 behind their timely hitting and reliable pitching. Personally, I think Bobby Jenks is basically the coolest person ever. Despite nearly blowing Game 2, Jenks is still ridiculously cool and throws really hard and is just generally awesome.

Today's topic is the MVP race for the AL and NL.

American League:

David Ortiz, Boston, DH, .300, 47, 148, 1001 OPS, 32 Win Shares

Why he could win: Ortiz led the majors in RBI, a typically overrated statistic in consideration of MVP voting. He also was a leader on a playoff team, and finished second in the AL in home runs, and third in OPS.

Why he won't: The Red Sox faltered in the playoffs, and Ortiz, as a DH, makes only a one-dimensional contribution to the team. Plus, A-Rod had an even better season.

Manny Ramirez, Boston, LF, .292, 45, 144, 982 OPS, 34 WS

Why he could win: Obviously great stats, and played for a great team.

Why he won't: Manny is an awful defensive player, and A-Rod was too good.

Mark Teixeira, Texas, 1B, .301, 43, 144, 954 OPS, 32 WS

Why he could win: 300 30 100, a young star.

Why he won't: Texas didn't have a good enough season, and his OPS was not among the leaders.

Michael Young, Texas, SS, .331, 24, 91, 899 OPS, 27 WS

Why he could win: He led the AL in batting average, and he plays shortstop.

Why he won't: He's not actually that good, compared to the competition.

Gary Sheffield, Yankees, RF, .291, 34, 123, 891 OPS, 33 WS

Why he could win: Lots of Win Shares, playing for the Yankees

Why he won't: Low OPS, not a great average, and being worse than A-Rod.

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, 3B, . 321, 48, 130, 1031 OPS, 37 WS

Why he could lose: The Yankees also faltered in the playoffs, and...that's it.

Why he will win: Best OPS, HR and WS in the AL, good defensive third baseman, he's simply the best.

National League:

Andruw Jones, Atlanta, CF, .263, 51, 128, 922 OPS, 23 WS

Why he could win: He led the league in HR, and took an injury-riddled young team to the playoffs. Plus, he's arguably the greatest defensive center fielder ever.

Why he won't: He wasn't actually that good besides the home runs; his OPS is nothing special, and he had a subpar year in the field.

Brian Giles, LF, San Diego, .301, 15, 83, 906 OPS, 35 WS

Why he could win: He is incredibly underrated. Pitcher's park, great OBP, a ton of Win Shares.

Why he won't: Few people realize this, especially the MVP voters.

Derrek Lee, 1B, Chicago, .335, 46, 107, 1080 OPS, 37 WS

Why he could win: Triple Crown chaser much of the year, career year, league leader in OPS

Why he won't: He slumped a bit second half, the Cubs missed the playoffs, and his RBI are very low for a player with his stats.

Jason Bay, OF, Pittsburgh, .306, 32, 101, 961 OPS, 34 WS

Why he could win: He's cool, he's young, he plays in a pitcher's park, he has a lot of Win Shares.

Why he won't: Sucky team, and not good enough stats.

Morgan Ensberg, 3B, Houston, .283, 36, 101, 945 OPS, 29 WS

Why he could win: Offensive leader of the NL representative in the World Series

Why he won't: Not good enough stats.

Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis, .330, 41, 117, 1039 OPS, 38 WS

Why he could lose: St. Louis was rather disappointing in the playoffs, and Pujols always seems to get snubbed. Plus he didn't lead the league in any of the Triple Crown categories.

Why he will win: Pujols is due for an MVP. His OPS was second in the majors, his WS were first, and he led his team to the division title. He's simply the best player in the majors.