With the season winding down, now might be a good time to name the Mets MVP for 2014. There are several candidates and really, no clear-cut winner.
Jacob deGrom is obviously in the conversation. He has had a great rookie year, pitching to a sub-3.00 ERA and averaging a strikeout per inning. But his won-loss record is not overwhelming, currently at 8-6. Now, some of the losses and no-decisions were not his fault and he definitely pitched better than his record. Still though, can a guy with so few wins be the team’s MVP?
On the other hand, Bartolo Colon leads the Mets in wins, be he certainly ain’t no MVP, so maybe wins do not matter at all.
What about Lucas Duda, who finally decided it was time to hit home runs and drive in some runs — 27/83 as of this writing, by far tops on the team? But he’s batting .252, far too low to attach MVP to his season.
So then there’s Daniel Murphy. He was the Mets lone All-Star and will probably finish the year near .300 and in the top 10 in hits. He could have led the league in hits had he not recently missed a couple of weeks. But his fielding has somehow gotten worse, and that hurts his MVP candidacy.
No, I think you have to go with Juan Lagares. He has quickly emerged as one of the best defensive center fielders, if not the best, in all of baseball. And his bat has been a surprise. Remember early in the season he was the only reliable bat in the lineup? A stay on the disabled list did not slow him down and he will likely hit around .280 for the season. That is second best on the club. Now he’s even stealing bases.
So I say the 2014 Mets MVP is Juan Lagares… Or maybe Jacob deGrom. I can go either way.