Your 2008 A.L. MVP : Dustin Pedroia

Alex PotterCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2008

With the days of the regular season winding down, who is the MVP and who is sitting at home this October?

Dustin Pedroia has been the best all-around player of the 2008 season. Batting .330 and having 193 hits isn't so bad, his little bat has made a little more than average impact on the Boston lineup.

Let's break down Pedroia's stats heading into one of the most important series of the season against Tampa Bay tonight.

Pedroia bats .330, has 193 hits, has 17 home runs and 77 RBI's.

What does this mean exactly? Well, without a solid number 4 batter in the lineup it helps to have solid contact hitters in the top of the order. With the acquisition of Mark Kotsay and Jason Bay, it helps contrast the order.

Is Dustin Pedroia an MVP candidate?

To me and I am sure the rest of  Red Sox Nation, Dustin Pedroia is the MVP of 2008 unless, K-Rod wins it, but the chances of a pitcher winning it are very slim.

So make your bets now because last year's Rookie of the Year is this year's MVP!