Martin Prado -The National League's MVP?

No Martin, we should be applauding you.

Half of the season is over. Can you believe it? For my money, Martin Prado has easily been the Braves' MVP for the first half of the season. Could he be more though? Could he be the MVP of the National League if he keeps this up? The first thought is a resounding "NO.", but check this out.

Through 81 games:

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 - Martin Prado 80 346 56 115 25 2 7 36 23 46 4 3 .336 .375 .482


Martin has been incredible consistent this season. Besides a little mini-slump he had on the most recent road trip, he's been as steady as they come.

So, let's say that Prado has the exact same 2nd half that he had the 1st half. I know it won't happen, but I'm honestly not sure if his numbers will improve or worsen as the season continues. And don't you dare give me that "He's good, but lucky..." bull crap. The great hitters make their own luck. And that's exactly what Martin Prado is: A great hitter.

If he keeps this pace up:

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 - Martin Prado 160 692 112 230 50 4 14 72 46 92 8 6 .336 .375 .482


Now let's take a look at Dustin Pedroia's stat line when he won the American League MVP in 2008. The Red Sox also won the Wild Card in '08 with 95 wins. The Braves are on pace for 96 wins, the best record in the NL and a playoff berth. I'm sorry, but unless you have a Hall of Fame worthy season on a non-contending team, you shouldn't win the award. Being a part of a winning team plays a huge role and Prado is certainly on a winning team.

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2008 - Dustin Pedroia 157 653 118 213 54 2 17 83 50 52 20 1 .326 .376 .493


You can do the comparisons.

If Martin Prado keeps this up, he's not just a a candidate for National League MVP, but one of the favorites for the award. Get ready for one hell of a ride.

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