AL MVP: Trout vs. Cabrera

The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (left) and the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (right). (AP Photos)

The Baseball Writers' Association of America will announce the 2012 Most Valuable Player Award winners Thursday on MLB Network (8 p.m.). While it's a pretty safe bet that San Francisco catcher Buster Posey will take home the National League MVP, the race for the AL hardware is much more interesting.

While the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera won the AL Triple Crown (batting average, home runs and runs batted in), the Angels' Mike Trout (from Millville, N.J.) had what might be the greatest rookie season in history. (Trout was voted the AL Rookie of the Year Monday, unanimously.)

You can compare all the offensive numbers of the two men below, but just let us point out this one thing:


Who should win the American League MVP award?

The Angels had a better record with Trout in the starting lineup (80-58, .580) than the Tigers did with Cabrera in theirs (87-74, .540).

   Trout  Cabrera
Games/Starts  139/138  161/161
    Team W-L in Starts  
 80-58 (.580)  
 87-74 (.540)  
   Other Games  9-15 (.375)
 1-0 (1.000)
 Batting Avg.
 .326  .330
 182-559  205-622
 On-Base Pct.
 .399  .393
 67  66
 139  98
 Slugging Pct.
 .564  .606
 27 40
 8  0
    Home Runs
 30  44
    Total Bases
 315  377
 Runs  129  109
 Runs Batted In
 83  139
 Stolen Bases-CS
 49-5  4-1