Who’s the MVP? Pedroia or Youkilis?
Tony Massarotti writes today about the two strong Red Sox candidates for AL MVP: Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.
As Tony says, you can make a strong case for either. Take either out of the lineup for any length of time and the Sox do not make the playoffs. Pedroia was steadiest, and he won the Gold Glove at second base this year. But I have to give the nod to Youk. After the Sox traded Whatshisname to the Dodgers, Youk filled in pretty damn well in the cleanup spot. And when Mike Lowell was injured, Youk almost flawlessly switched from first to third base.
Essentially, Kevin Youkilis simultaneously substituted for the last two Red Sox World Series MVPs. How do you get more valuable than that?