A-Rod or CC for MVP?

arod_300_102109.jpgBy Jon Lane
Disclaimer: The ALCS is not over. Someone this morning asked me if I’m feeling good with the Yankees ahead three games to one. My answer: “No.”

It takes four games to win the LCS, the Yankees have won three. The last two ALCS have had teams with 3-1 leads and both went to Game 7. Two years ago, the Red Sox rallied to defeat the Indians en route to winning the World Series. Last year, Boston came back again, but fell short in Game 7 against the Rays.

Furthermore, Suzyn Waldman had a good line during Tuesday night’s broadcast on the Yankees Radio Network: “We’ve seen plenty of (Angels) rallies here. We saw rallies before the Rally Monkey existed.” I also don’t need to remind you what happened in 2004.

That said, the Yankees bashed the Angels, 10-1, and kept the monkey grounded in Game 4 led by outrageous performances by both Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia. If the series had ended last night, writers would have had to make a snap decision on an ALCS MVP. It’s very close between A-Rod and Sabathia. Here’s the breakdown:

A-Rod’s five home runs have him tied with Reggie Jackson (1977, all in the World Series) for the second-most by a Yankee in a single postseason (Bernie Williams clubbed six in 1996). He’s batting .375 with three homers, five RBIs and five runs scored in the ALCS, and .407-5-11, nine runs scored in the postseason. His slugging percentage in the DS and CS, respectively are both 1.000. Absolutely remarkable.

Sabathia, pitching on three days’ rest, neutralized a good Angels lineup over eight innings for the second time in the series, this time allowing only a run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He’s 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA and took another big step towards completely erasing his prior October track record (4-3, 5.45).

It’s a tough call, but Mike Lupica makes his case for Sabathia, of whom he writes “continued to be the kind of star ace pitcher in games such as these that he was
hired to be, that he was paid a fortune to be. And clearly relishes

In addition, Sabathia has matured to where he is now a polished pitcher, says John Flaherty during a Podcast after Game 4.

If the Phillies close out the Dodgers tonight, and the Yankees eliminate the Angels tomorrow or Saturday, it’ll likely be Sabathia against Cliff Lee in Game 1 of the World Series. How’s that for a pitching matchup? But until then, there’s a lot more work to do for the Yankees to win their 40th pennant. Figure on the choice for MVP to be either Sabathia or A-Rod. Who’s yours?


  1. arizonacacti

    Mike Lupica is a communist girl and while baseball and the yankees are everything that is good in the world, Lupica is evil and I abhor when he speaks about any of my teams.

  2. arizonacacti

    By the way, A-Rod is clearly the MVP so far as he is carrying the team through offensive struggles. C.C. is doing great but A-Rod clearly gets the nod for his game tying/go ahead RBI’s.

  3. yankeexx

    Rod-zilla played in all the games and carried the team….CC was GREAT for three games. If there is no co-mvp than Rod-zilla would have to get my vote at this point…BUT…there is one more win needed to seal the deal and hoping Arod continues his march towards his first World Series ring!

  4. chichiron

    We wouldn’t be in this position without the super
    contributions from either of them; definitely they
    MUST be CO MVPS !!

  5. aerod500

    A-Rod is playing so good it is scary! Home runs, stealing bases, hitting doubles, aggressive base running, inspring his team with his aggressive play, RISP numbers, tie with Lou Gehrig, tie with Reggie Jackson, making up for some teammates not hitting right now, and being a real team player…goodness!!! MVP for me. I really like Sabathia also, but A-Rod is MVP hands down.

  6. carlinho

    A-Rod has my vote!!!! But CC has been great too!!!! We need to win tomorrow …. I don’t want more surprises!!!! … Don’t let the Angels take a second chance!!!! let’s go yankess!!!!!

  7. gsferri@yahoo.com

    If it ended today, ARod. His influence on every game is almost getting Bonds-like. Pitchers only get the award when there is no obvious offensive standout. That’s because they don’t influence every game. Unless it’s Rivera. Remember, a single great hitter is more valuable than a single great starting pitcher. Otherwise, Babe Ruth would never have switched. But the series is not over. So, as fun as this is to think about, it’s moot. Don’t get carried away with a 3-1 lead. You may jink us. If CC shuts them down in a Game 7, then he may get my vote.

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