ALCS 2013: Mike Napoli Could be Series MVP with Boston Red Sox Win

By David Miller
Mike Napoli
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The postseason is nothing strange and new to Mike Napoli of the Boston Red Sox. The slugger has been involved in quite a few postseason series through his seasons in Major League Baseball. Usually his performance is pretty good to really good but his performance during the 2013 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers could win him series MVP if the Red Sox pull out one more hard-fought victory.

Napoli has a career average of .273 in the postseason with 7 home runs and 22 RBI. For all the well-deserved attention that St. Louis Cardinals great outfielder Carlos Beltran gets, Napoli deserves to grab a few headlines himself for postseason performance. That is true especially during the current ALCS. His 2 home runs and 2 RBI don’t look too terribly impressive but the .375 batting average does.

MVP performance has to be relative to the series and Napoli’s numbers might not look great but they are. Consider the series trend so far and it becomes clearer what I am talking about. Obviously his home run in game three was the one and only run that crossed the plate. Along with their great pitching that game, he won the game by himself on the offensive side.

All of the pitchers have been great so it would be difficult to pick one for MVP. I think the hitter than most overcomes the great pitching should be the MVP of the series. If Napoli continues his good hitting with another big homer or a few critical RBI, that would clinch the award for him if he clinched the series for his team.

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