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MLB The Show

23 May 2018

Manny Machado making an early case for MVP

(Photo Credit: REUTERS/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI)

2018 has been kind to Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, the 25-year-old slugger ranks among the best hitters in the league and on an Orioles team that ranks dead last in the American League East with a 15-33 record and a -68 run differential, it's safe to say Manny Machado presents a strong case for the MVP award should he continue the way he's been playing.

Machado is on pace for a career year and with this being the final year of his contract before being eligible for free agency, his tear couldn't have come at a better time. He's in line for a huge payday this fall and the Orioles have a fantastic trade chip on their hands in Machado, who poses a serious threat for the Triple Crown with these gaudy numbers

Statistic Machado's number AL Rank
Batting average.3353rd
Home Runs15T-2nd
Runs batted in431st
Hits62T-3rd
On-base percentage.412T-7th
Slugging Percentage.6493rd
On-base plus slugging1.0613rd

While Machado is a formidable threat at the plate, he really made a name for himself from his stellar work in the field when he first broke into the league. He has a career fielding percentage of .969 and possesses one of the strongest arms in the league. We have also grown accustomed to watching Machado make a fair share of highlight reel plays like these: