After two straight seasons of finishing as runner-up in American League MVP voting to the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has finally broken through and won the award. In fact, Google has him as the "2014 MLB MVP."
Wait, it's only August. That can't be right.
The 23-year-old did win the 2014 MLB All-Star Game MVP, so perhaps that's what we're seeing here. For what it's worth, he's putting up better numbers than Cabrera this season.
Trout: 115 games, .294 bating average, .382 on-base percentage, .570 slugging percentage, .952 OPS, 81 runs, 132 hits, 27 home runs, 85 RBI, 63 walks, 12 stolen bases.
Cabrera: 117 games, .307 batting average, .368 on-base percentage, .507 slugging percentage, .875 OPS, 73 runs, 137 hits, 17 home runs, 86 RBI, 48 walks, one stolen base.
And then there's Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Hernandez: 25 games, 13-3 record, 1.95 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 180.1 innings pitched, 194 strikeouts, 32 walks.
Trout has a very strong case—given his stats and his team's record—to win the 2014 AL MVP award. However, Google got a little bit ahead of itself on this one.