How he can win: Last season, Miguel Cabrera pulled off the first triple crown since 1967, posting a .330 average with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. With such raw power and talent at the plate, it’s hard to argue against the possibility of a repeat MVP year. 2012 was no fluke for Cabrera either—it was his first time gaining MVP honors, but he had already been a top-five candidate in five other seasons. Simply put, he’s one of the best players in the game.
Why he might not: Great as he is with his bat, Cabrera isn’t too quick on the base paths and is a below average fielder. If MVP voters had treated these aspects of the game with more significance last year, Cabrera likely would not have taken home the award. He’s also entering into his 30s, when most players begin leaving their peak playing days behind (Barry Bonds on steroids doesn’t count).