During the first weeks of the 2021 season, Mike Trout looked as dominant as he once was, and Jacob deGrom was dominant on the mound.
It would have been nice to see what they could have achieved in an entire season, but it will not happen: Both are exposed to injuries.
Playing time may well be crucial when it comes to awarding individual awards at the end of the calendar. Trout beats for .333 with eight home runs and an average attendance / power of 1,090. However, his name was added to the injury list last Tuesday due to a strained calf muscle.
DeGrom had an earned running average of 0.68 after six starts, but he only hit once in May due to stiff side muscles. He should be back this Tuesday.
Apart from trout, several recent MVP receivers have been injured this season, including Jose Altuve, Cody Bellinger, Christian Yellich and Giancarlo Stanton. Young stars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto also had to be absent.
The good news is that these players usually do not need too much time to regain their rhythm. In four games since his name was removed from the list of unavailable players due to COVID-19, Tatis has hit 11 hits, including four homers, and produced 12 points.
The young San Diego Padres star, who also suffered from shoulder problems earlier this season, has 13 home runs, two fewer than Majors guard Ronald Acuna Jr.
The Padres have just won the nine games in their last home game, and are ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of the last seven games, in a game at the top of the West National.
Lack of play does not mean, however, that you will not be considered for MVP titles in one league or another. After all, Trout had only played 134 games when he was selected in 2018, while Mookie Betts had only played 139 the year before.
You have to go back to 2007 to find the last player on top who has played 162 games: Jimmy Rollins, from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Where are the dominant pitchers?
We speak with fairness about the dominant performances on the mound and the lack of hits, but there have still been some offensive performances worth mentioning in the last week.
The Chicago White Sox first defeated the Minnesota Twins 16-4 on Monday; The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-6 the next day; The San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 19-4; while on Friday, the Atlanta Braves humiliated the Pittsburgh Pirates 20-1 and the Padres defeated the Seattle Mariners 16-1.
In a week marked by two more points and hits – Spencer Turnbull of the Detroit Tigers and Corey Kluber of the New York Yankees, two players have had three homerun games – Miguel Sano (Twins) and Jesse Winker (Reds).
In that game, winning 9-4 by the Reds over the Milwaukee Brewers, Winker hit four hits in as many bats and went for a walk.
I’m taking 3, please
Triple games are extremely rare. There is even more when the outcome of the match is at stake.
The Yankees and White Sox were tied 1-1 early in the ninth on Friday when the Chicago club placed runners in the first and second without outs. Andrew Vaughn came up on the bat, but he hit a ground ball in the third sack. The Yankees scored a triple 5-4-3 to end the threat.
The locals scored a point in the next round to put the victory on the record.