As nearly every playoff race in the American League becomes closer, so does the MVP race between Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Going into Sunday's games, Cabrera is the clear favorite based on standard statistics. He leads the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs — the Triple Crown categories. No one has won the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Needless to say, Cabrera would be very deserving should he complete the near-impossible feat.
Trout, on the other hand, is the clear favorite based on sabermetrics. He overpowers Cabrera in several statistical categories, including Wins Above Replacement (WAR), runs created and runs saved. He provides a balanced attack — offensively, defensively and on the base paths — whereas Cabrera is mainly strong offensively.
Check out the video above to hear Peter Gammons and Peter Abraham discuss who the favorite to win the AL MVP is on Red Sox First Pitch.