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Man, what's with the Twins? They're 6.5 games out of the playoffs and yet the M&M Boys are one and two in the MVP race! Morneau and Mauer must be having pretty good years.
Yes, they are.
Joe's a catcher, but he's on the way to his third AL batting title in the last four years. He's hitting .383 at the moment, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him end up around .390. Then again, that's probably wishful thinking, as he could just as easily end up around .370, which would really be a disappointment.
This is Mauer's first year to really flash his power, as he's knocked 25 over the fence and collected 77 RBI. He won the Gold Glove last year, and will most likely receive the honor again this year.
Scary thing is, the dude's only 26-years-old, so baring any career-threatening injuries, he'll probably go down as the the most productive catcher in the history of the game when his career's all said and done.
Mauer has struck out only 47 times, and boasts an OBP of .448, by far the highest in the American League.
Teixeira might come in second in the MVP race, but I'd be thoroughly surprised and frustrated if he came in ahead of Mauer.
Bank on it. Joe Mauer is the 2009 American League MVP.