Those who enjoy deciding such things in early August determined that Joe Mauer had to be the MVP of the American League.
Not so fast.
Mauer since July 1: .351/.415/.556
Derek Jeter since July 1: .370/.421/.522
Mauer is in a 5 for 25 skid. He has no extra-base hits and one RBI in that stretch while his Twins fight for their playoff lives. Hmm, most valuable?
Meanwhile, Jeter has hit .381 in August and been all things to all people for the rampaging Yankees.
Yes, I know, Mauer is a catcher and it’s really quite impressive that he has hit for such a high average. I’m sure those statistics only 17 people understand reflect quite well on him. But shortstop ain’t no walk in the park.
There is plenty of baseball left and I don’t plan to fill out my ballot until the final out is made. But Jeter is giving me a lot to think about.