FG on Fox: The Entirety of the Jonathan Lucroy MVP Argument

Okay, I’ll grant that now isn’t the best time to talk about the National League MVP Award, with just weeks to go in a closely competitive regular season. I’ll grant that now isn’t the best time to talk about a Brewer winning the NL MVP Award, with the team in a bit of a slide that recently knocked it out of first place. And I’ll grant that now isn’t the best time to talk about Jonathan Lucroy winning the NL MVP award, since he had a stronger first half than his second half has been to date. In a few senses, the timing here could be better. But the timing isn’t better, and we’re already here, so: how’s Jonathan Lucroy look as an MVP candidate?

His is an odd name to see in the running. I think we’re all still getting used to the idea of Lucroy being a really terrific player, and the NL is the league with Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton in it. Last year, McCutchen won the league MVP. Kershaw won the league Cy Young. Lucroy’s never received a single down-ballot MVP vote. But then, before this year, Lucroy hadn’t been an All-Star, so things can change, and Lucroy has more than earned consideration. By no means is this a slam dunk and there are still a few weeks for the overall picture to shift, but we can run through the Lucroy argument point by point.

Jonathan Lucroy has an MVP case. What follows is why.

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channelclemente
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channelclemente

Posey may end run them all.

Hurtlocker
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Hurtlocker

True, he is on fire.

Eminor3rd
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Eminor3rd

wat

Chaz
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Chaz

I feel like Hunter Pence at least deserves a mention as well.

Cool Lester Smooth
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Cool Lester Smooth

Eh, he’s got the same offensive numbers at Lucroy, but as a decent defensive RF rather than as an elite defensive C. I don’t think it’s that close.

chaz
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chaz

I’m not saying he will win, but yes he deserves a mention. He is only .2 WAR behind Lucroy, and the Brewers might not even make the playoffs (44 percent chance at the moment compared to giants 88). He plays every single game, and goes all-out max energy on every single play. Huge clubhouse guy/fan favorite as well.

Cool Lester Smooth
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Cool Lester Smooth

He’ll definitely get (and 100% deserve) some down ballot votes, but we know for fact that Lucroy is significantly underrated by this iteration of WAR.

I think Pence should finish in the top 5 (especially with his unreal RE24), but I’d want Lucroy over anyone not named Kershaw (unless the Brewers’ swoon takes them out of the postseason, that is).

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