Angels’ Mike Trout misses top-three cut for AL MVP – Press Enterprise
Mike Trout won’t be winning his fourth American League MVP award this year.
Trout was not among the three finalists the BBWAA announced on Monday, meaning Trout finished no higher than fourth in voting concluded before the start of the postseason.
Trout’s lowest previous finish in the MVP race was in 2017, when he finished fourth after missing nearly two months with an injury.
This year, Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians were named the finalists.
Trout finished fourth in the league in WAR, according to Fangraphs, behind Ramirez, Angels teammate Anthony Rendon and Abreu.
Defensive metrics did not rate Trout well this season, which contributed to his lower than usual finish in WAR.
Offensively, he hit .281 with 17 homers and 46 RBIs, with a .993 OPS. He ranked fifth in the league in OPS, with LeMahieu leading the way with a 1.011 mark.
The only other Angels player who had a chance to be in the top three for an award was Jared Walsh, who hit .293 with nine homers and a .971 OPS. His 108 plate appearances were about half the total of Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis and White Sox center fielder Luis Robert, who were American League Rookie of the Year finalists. Houston Astros pitcher Cristian Javier was the third finalist.
Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber moved one step closer to winning the AL Cy Young Award. The Laguna Hills High product joined Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda and Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu on the list of finalists. But Bieber is considered the overwhelming favorite after the 25-year-old right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 77-1/3 innings, leading the major leagues in wins, ERA and strikeouts.
The top finishers in voting for AL Manager of the Year are Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo and Rick Renteria, who was let go by the Chicago White Sox after the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.