It’s hard to argue with a guy who was one out away from a perfect game. In fact, had, for example, Elvis Andrus made a miracle play and gotten Marwin Gonzalez out, Yu Darvish would have found himself in the rare company of Sandy Koufax and Matt Cain for pitchers with the most strikeouts in a perfect game (14).
Honorable mentions: Madison Bumgarner, Adam Jones, Jay-Z
“Yesterday’s MVP” Standings (after jump):
In this new semi-daily feature that semi-replaces Picture of the Day, I will decide who was yesterday’s MVP…
Yesterday had plenty of possible MVPs: Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg showed why the Nationals are World Series favorites, Freddie Freeman had three hits and drove in three, Chris Ianetta drove in all three of the Angels’ runs against the Reds, and Jackie Bradley Jr. made a good first impression.
But the MVP for yesterday had to be Clayton Kershaw, who not only threw a complete game shut-out against the defending champion Giants, but also hit a home run.
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