To the surprise of everyone that watched Mets baseball in April, May, and June of this season Carlos Delgado has worked his way into the conversation for National League Most Valuable Player. Sure, he’s hit some monsterous home runs. And he’s even carried the Mets at times since the All-Star break. But he’s no MVP.
Delgado has turned in a line that’s more than respectable at .264| 34 HR | 104 RBI. If the Mets continue on their current path to the playoffs he’ll certainly be in the MVP discussion. But look at what Mr. Consistency Albert Pujols has done at .360| 33 HR| 99 RBI for a team that’s nine games out of their division lead. There’s no comparison in my mind.
Ryan Braun of the Brew Crew may be the MVP if the Brewers make the playoffs. I think he’ll have several MVP’s in his trophy case by the time his career is over.
Carlos Delgado can’t sleep walk through three months of the season and be the MVP. You just can’t make up for that type of ineffective performance over such a large portion of the season. Read Fox Sports Dayn Perry’s column arguing that Delgado isn’t even the most valuable Mets player. He’s got it right.