Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 9/3/13
The Guru Contributing Writer As the Red Sox begin the final month of the season with a 5 1/2 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, the team appears destined for it's first playoff appearance since 2009. In today's RSL Poll we debate the Red Sox MVP candidates. Jacoby Ellsbury: In a contract year, Ellsbury is making a run at a very large contract. Ellsbury is hitting .297, with 87 runs scored, 50 RBI, seven home runs and leads the league in triples (9) and stolen bases (51). Ellsbury has proved to be one of the better centerfielder's in the game today. David Ortiz: Coming off an injury marred 2012, there were questions whether Ortiz could still hit and stay healthy. Big Papi has done both. Ortiz is batting .312 and leads the team with 24 homers and 85 RBI. With two more hits, Ortiz will become the 39th player in major league history with 2,000 hits, 400 homers and 1,400 RBIs. So goes Big Papi, so goes the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia: After signing a $100 mill...
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