All my sabermetrics friends will be happy about me mentioning WAR. Though I am not a proponent of the use of that stat, it will state that Trout has an 8.8 WAR, while Pujols finished at 7.5 in 2001, Piazza at 6.8 in 1993 and Ichiro 6.3 in 2001. Trout's value to the Angels is very clear since the team is struggling at 66-62. Though the Angels are fading, Trout has continued to put up the good numbers. But, unlike Ichiro leading the Mariners to not only the postseason in 2001, but a MLB record 116 regular season wins, Trout may lose out on MVP votes if the Angels miss the postseason.
Trout has had more of a power season than Ichiro, but I think Ichiro had more of an MVP season. If Trout would win the AL MVP, I would not be surprised. Perhaps Trout could pay the price for the Angels not using him at the start of the season. But maybe it makes what Trout has done even more incredible. With about five weeks left in the MLB season, Trout can finish with 180+ hits, 55 SB, 130 RS, 30 HR and 90 RBI. In my opinion, that season ranks with the before mentioned. In spite of all that, I still see Miguel Cabrera getting the award.