Through the team’s first 109 games, the Miami Marlins have 52 wins and 57 losses. Who has been most valuable to the club in that time?
The Miami Marlins were looking to be in playoff contention in 2017, but have been one of the most inconsistent teams in baseball. While the pitching has been disappointing, the offense has been fun to watch.
Multiple guys are having career years, and it’s leading to a close race for the 2017 team MVP Award. So who are the guys in the running for team MVP in 2017?
Top choice for team MVP : Marcell Ozuna
Ozuna has been the most consistent Marlin all season long. He is posting a career highs in several statistical categories and hasn’t slowed since the All-Star break. Career highs including batting average, homeruns, slugging percentage, OPS, and RBI make him an obvious selection.
For the season he’s batting .306, a club best. He’s belted 26 homers, and driven in 87 RBI, good for third in all of baseball. His slugging percentage is at .549 with an OPS of .915. He was the on All-Star starter this for the Miami Marlins this season, and has been tearing the cover off of the baseball all year.
He is on pace to hit close to 40 homers, and finish with over 120 RBI. If he can keep it up the rest of the way, Ozuna should earn his first team MVP.
A close second
Giancarlo Stanton has been everything the Miami Marlins were hoping he’d be this season. He’s having a career year batting second in the lineup. After starting the season slowly, he now leads Major League Baseball in home runs.
If he continues to crush the ball as he’s been doing for the last six weeks, he may end up winning that award as he’s done in the past. He has an impressive offensive stat line: a .278 batting average with 36 homers and 79 RBI. He is also sixth in the Major Leagues with 80 runs scored.
With 53 games remaining, he is on pace to finish the season with over 50 home runs, and well over 100 RBI, and 100 runs scored. Those types of numbers would certainly overtake Ozuna has team MVP. In fact, they might net him League MVP
While Ozuna and Stanton have been the two best players on the Miami Marlins this season, other guys have contributed to the team’s explosive offense as well.
Guys like J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour have had career years, even with Bour being on the disabled list a couple of times. Each of those guys provided probable cause to make the All-Star team this season.
While Realmuto and Bour have been great, Ozuna and Stanton have been spectacular. Marcell and Giancarlo are the only two Marlins in contention for the team’s MVP Award.
At the moment, Ozuna’s season long consistency which includes his team highs in batting average and RBI has him with a slight edge over Stanton. But Stanton seems to inch closer with every towering homerun that he hits.
It should be a fun race to watch, and something that should keep the Fish fans entertained through the final stretch of the season.