Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is on pace to set history and win something that we haven’t seen in 9 years. That is the Triple Crown Award, given to the player who leads their respective league in hits, home runs, and runs batted in. Vlad currently leads the American League in all three categories.
Vlad Jr. is on pace to be the first player since 2012 MVP Miguel Cabrera to win the Triple Crown, the most prestigious award as a hitter. This would make him the first player in Blue Jays history to win the exclusive award.
If he is to continue this record-setting pace, here is how he would rank amongst the Toronto Blue Jays‘ top ten single-season hitting ranks. Vlad would be tied for 5th for most hits in a season, with 200. He would be first for most home runs in a season with 56, just beating Blue Jays legend Jose Bautista’s 54. Lastly, he would be in 2nd for most runs batted in with 142, finishing just under another Toronto legend Carlos Delgado.
Incredible First Half of the Season
When Miguel Cabrera finished his historic 2012 Triple Crown season, many experts and players thought it would be a long time before it was ever achieved again. What is even crazier is the thought that a 22-year-old is about to do it.
This is how he ranks up with the other league leaders in not only the AL but the MLB as well. He is currently 4th in hits in the MLB with 79, with Nick Castellanos and Adam Frazier leading the way with 85. Vlad is in sole possession of the home run lead with 22, 3 more than the next closest person, Fernando Tatis. In terms of runs batted in, he is also in sole possession of the lead with a 6 run advantage over Austin Meadows.
It is a true shame that he is on the Blue Jays because of how bad they are at baseball; this incredible season that Vlad Guerrero Jr is having will be overlooked because of the team’s poor play. But that doesn’t go to say that he will not put himself on the must-watch players list.
His case for the MVP
With an incredible past couple of weeks, Vlad now has +115 odds to win AL MVP at the end of the season, and rightfully so. He is clearly putting up great numbers in terms of hits, home runs, and runs batted in, but I am more interested in the other stats that he leads the league in.
He currently leads the AL in batting average (.346), on-base percentage (.451), slugging percentage (.697), on plate percentage (1.148), total bases (159), and intentional walks (5). This clearly shows that he is just an absolute MONSTER at the plate this year, and as a Yankees fan, this really hurts to see.
But kudos to Vlad. He has put the work in over the off-season and now has become one of the most electrifying young players in the game. He has a very tough opponent in the MVP race in two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, but if Vlad is able to win that triple crown, there is no way that he does not take home the MVP award like the rest of the triple crown winners.
Blue Jays fans have a lot to look forward to in this stud, and if they want a remote chance of keeping him around, they need to build a solid pitching rotation and lineup around him. Don’t be surprised if he ends up on the cover of MLB The Show as the second-youngest player to win MVP, behind Vida Blue.