2011 MLB Predictions: 10 Dark Horse Candidates for MVP

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2011 MLB Predictions: 10 Dark Horse Candidates for MVP
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Major League Baseball can be deceiving in April.

Bit players like Jason Kubel and Matt Joyce can lead the league in hitting. Also-rans like Aaron Harang can pile up the wins.

Yet in sports (more so, probably, than any other arena) we love to live in the now, and we love to project the future.

As much as it is a fool's mission to predict who will be leading ANY statistical category in September at this point in the season, it’s safe to say that it probably won’t be Jason Kubel. If I may, I’d venture to guess it won’t be Aaron Harang either.

Still, sometimes early stats can tell a reliable story. Just last season, a guy named Jose Bautista started early on blasting home runs at an impressive rate. As it turned out, Bautista (who had never had more than 16) would lead the league with a whopping 54 and then pick up right where he left off this year (10 so far).

Indeed, sometimes April can be telling. In that vein, here are 10 unlikely players whose April totals may just foreshadow their impact on each league’s MVP race.

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