“Stanton’s the most valuable player, no question about it,” said outfielder Justin Ruggiano. “If you take him out of the lineup, this team is worse than we’ve been already.”
While that is 100% true, the Marlins lineup without Stanton is a sight that not many enjoyed watching too often, but the Marlins went 18-10 in Jose Fernandez starts in 2013. Those 18 wins would account for 31% of the Marlins win total, including Monday nights victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I’m not taking anything away from Jose,” Ruggiano said. “He’s definitely been our most valuable pitcher. He’s probably Rookie of the Year. He deserves all that. But who’s more valuable to this team for 162 games? Who is more important to this team for 162 games?”
Fortunately for Ruggiano and Marlins fans, there is an answer to that question. For the season, Fangraphs WAR leaderboard has Fernandez pegged as a 4.2 win player. Fangraphs has Stanton as a 2.4 win player.
Personally, I’d say the Jose Fernandez is the Marlins team MVP, and it is not really close at all. The numbers would backup my assertion really well.
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