The last two years in a row, the most valuable player in the American League has finished second in the MVP voting.
If there's any justice,
But if we're being honest, Mike Trout is not the most important player in the A.L. West race.
The most important player in the A.L. West doesn't even play in the A.L. West.
On the morning of July 31, 2014, the Oakland A's were 66-41 and 2 games ahead in the division.
Since then, the A's are 17-25, and that includes winning the last two in a row.
On July 31, the A's traded
You can say it was a coincidence. I say Billy Beane underestimated the importance of Cespedes to that lineup.