Frankly, I'm worried that the baseball writers are already conspiring to rob Joe Mauer -- for the third time -- of an award that should rightly be his.
"Conspiring" might be an overstatement. Looking for an excuse to give it to somebody else, maybe.
Mauer's MVP case would be helped greatly if the pitching staff would contribute more than one quality start a week, if the middle infielders and the third outfielder would play just average ball. Then the Twins would be seriously in the hunt.
Mauer's the best player in the league. But MVPs traditionally have to win games, and Mauer's team is below .500.