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Explaining my AL MVP ballot: Why I had Betts first, Britton ninth

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9.      Zach Britton, LHP, Orioles

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He was left off some Cy Young Award ballots, but I couldn’t leave him off my MVP ballot, not after he posted the lowest ERA (0.54) in the history of the game for someone who compiled at least 50 innings (he threw 67).

Britton was perfect in 47 save chances; if he blows three of those – an acceptable number for most humans – the Orioles potentially don’t make the playoffs.

The argument can be made that he was even more valuable to the Orioles than Machado, but you can’t ignore that he played in less than half of the games as the other guys on this list. He received five other votes besides mine, none higher than eighth.

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