The winners of the American League and National League MVP has been announced.
Los Angeles Angels Outfield Mike Trout and Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw has won the American League MVP and National League MVP. Trout is the fifth-youngest player to win the American League MVP at age 23. He received 30 out of 30 votes. It was a unanimous decision. Trout, who hit 36 homers with 173 total hits, led baseball in Wins Above Replacement, an across-the-board stat that measures his value relative to a replacement-level player. The knock on Trout this year is that he struck out more than anybody in baseball. That’s true, his batting average was down, from .323 last season to .287 in 2014, so were his walks. He finished in second place in the last two years.
As for Clayton Kershaw, he had a magical season. He finished the season with a 1.77 ERA, the fourth straight season in which Kershaw had the lowest ERA in MLB. No one’s ever done that before. Kershaw won 21 games and lost just three, throwing six complete games, two shutouts and one no-hitter. He struck out 239 batters and walked just 31.This is the first time a pitcher has won both the MVP award and the Cy Young award in the National League since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Despite winning the MVP, both of them struggle big time in the playoffs.