2012 World Series: 7 Players Most Likely to Win the Series MVP Award
The 2012 World Series kicks off Wednesday and someone's life is going to change just as David Freese's did last year.
In a matchup between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants, the World Series will be an opportunity for many players to put their names into the history books. But, there can only be one World Series MVP.
So, who will it be?
Here's a look at seven players who are most likely to win the World Series MVP award.
Miguel Cabrera is a Triple Crown winner, the first since Carl Yastrzemski did so in 1967.
Cabrera batted .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI. He also led the league in slugging percentage (.606) and on-base plus slugging (.999).
In the playoffs, Cabrera is 10-for-36 with one home run and five RBI.
Although those numbers aren't great, Cabrera is still one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball. At any moment, he can give the ball a ride.
If any player is favored to win the World Series MVP, it's going to be Cabrera.
When Prince Fielder signed with the Tigers in the offseason, Detroit became one of the favorites to win the American League.
Now that they have done exactly that, Fielder will be looking to improve upon his postseason performance thus far.
In the postseason, Fielder has gone 8-for-38 with one home run and three RBI. During the regular season, he batted .313 with 30 home runs and 108 RBI.
While the struggles are there, Fielder is another player that can do a lot at the plate. If he gets on a hot streak, things could get ugly.
The biggest question between Fielder and Cabrera is going to be who would San Francisco rather pitch to?
Redemption is the only thing on Justin Verlander's mind.
After giving up five runs in the first inning of the All-Star Game, Verlander is out for redemption. And what better way to gain that then by winning the MVP of the World Series?
Verlander has been dominant once again this year, going 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA and 239 strikeouts. In the postseason he's won all three of his starts, having only given up two runs in 24.1 innings pitched.
Starting Game 1, Verlander will have the opportunity to have three starts if the series goes to seven games. If he wins all three, there's no question he would win the MVP award, no matter what any hitter does.
Verlander has a sour taste in his mouth after the All-Star Game and winning the World Series MVP would be the best way to get rid of it.
Delmon Young has really started to come into his own this year.
A year after being traded to the Tigers, Young seems to have finally gotten into a comfortable groove.
During the regular season, he batted .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBI. During the postseason, he's batting .294 with two home runs and eight RBI.
The ALCS is where he really shined, batting .353 with two home runs and six RBI. Those stats were good enough to get him named the ALCS MVP.
He's the hottest hitter right now on the Tigers and there's a good chance he'll continue to stay hot.
Buster Posey is the first name that comes to mind on the Giants as a possible MVP award winner.
Posey is one of the favorites to take home the NL MVP award after batting .336 with 24 home runs and 103 RBI.
In the playoffs, Posey has struggled, going 8-for-45 with two home runs and six RBI.
However, at any moment, Posey could go off and do something great.
In late July, Marco Scutaro was playing for the lowly Colorado Rockies. Now, almost three months later, he's playing for a World Series title fresh off winning the NLCS MVP award.
Scutaro is what you would call an MLB journeyman. Called up to the majors by the Mets at the age of 26, Scutaro spent two years there, four in Oakland, two in Toronto, two in Boston and a half season in Colorado.
While being durable throughout his career, Scutaro had the best season of his career this year, batting .348 with seven home runs and 74 RBI.
In the playoffs, he struggled in the NLDS against Cincinnati, but really turned it on in the NLCS. There, he batted .500 with 14 hits and four RBI. Every time the Giants needed a big hit, he was there to provide it.
If Scutaro does win the World Series MVP, it will mark the second year in a row that a player has won both an LCS MVP and World Series MVP.
While Melky Cabrera earned All-Star Game MVP honors, it was Pablo Sandoval's hit in the first inning that really opened things up for the NL.
Sandoval has been on fire during the postseason, batting .320 with three home runs and nine RBI. His 16 hits are second on the Giants this postseason.
During the regular season, Sandoval batted .283 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI. Although he didn't show much power during the season, he's had a coming out party in the postseason.
His success at the plate could be the key to a Giants victory.