I never thought I'd see myself saying that Curtis Granderson was one of the best players on the New York Yankees. Especially when he put up a .247 batting average in 2010, his first year in pinstripes.
And yet, here I am saying it because it's true.
When it comes down to it, Granderson, Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Mariano "The Ageless Wonder" Rivera are the only ones who you can expect consistency from and rely on.
No one's sure if Derek Jeter's first half in the 2011 season was a fluke. Alex Rodriguez's body is starting to break down as injuries have limited his power. Mark Teixeira seems to be deathly allergic to hitting the ball the other way.
Then there's Brett "Hot and Cold" Gardner, Nick Swisher who's really more of a clubhouse, energy guy than an MVP, and Russell Martin who's there so Jesus Montero and his iron glove doesn't have to sit behind home plate.
Since pitchers rarely win the MVP, Justin Verlander was the first to do it since Dennis Eckersley in 1992 and the first starter since Roger Clemens in 1986 (sorry Pedro Martinez), it comes to either Granderson and Cano as who's going to win.
Right now, Granderson has more power and has put just about everything together whereas Cano's still improving, but it'll be a close race.