KD the MVP, Chapman the Gold Glover and Melvin the MOY — A’s are stacked with award contenders

Davis leads calvary of A’s charging toward individual honors

Karl Buscheck
August 22, 2018 - 10:41 am

After Khris Davis lofted home run No. 38 beyond the right-field wall on Tuesday night, the “MVP” chants rained down at the Coliseum.

“Why wouldn’t you?” manager Bob Melvin astutely observed, when asked about the chants.

“I've been hearing some talk on some of these national broadcasts about MVP, and his name is not even brought up,” Melvin continued. “I mean, how can you not? It's ridiculous that he's not part of that conversation.”

Melvin is spot on.

Davis deserves to be part of the conversation — a conversation that also includes Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez  and Boston’s J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.

That latter Red Sox is going to be especially tricky to actually win the award. Entering the day, Betts owned an absurd  .340//.426/.645 slash line. But in the conversartion? Absolutely.

Melvin’s plea for Davis brings to mind an intriguing question: just how many high-level award contenders do the A’s have?

Let’s begin with Melvin, who’s crafted a compelling résumé for a third manager of the year award. His candidacy can be summarized with a single tweet.

Matt Chapman, with his second-half surge and contributions in the field and with the bat, should land in the top 10 of the MVP ballot.

He should be a lock for the Gold Glove. Per FanGraphs, Chapman has saved the A’s an MLB-best 25 runs. The next-best defender checks in at 18. The next-best third baseman has nine.

“I personally think he deserves one,” first baseman Matt Olson told Damon Bruce.

“I think most of the defensive metrics would agree with me. The guy’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen anybody at third base do what he does. It seems like nightly he’s putting some sort of highlight reel together."

For now, award season can wait. The only honor that matters is securing first in the AL West.

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