It was only three weeks ago–September 10th to be exact–that Mike Trout was the heavy favorite to be named the 2012 AL MVP. Trout had just stolen his 45th base, and the Angels still had a fighting chance to secure an AL wild card birth.
Meanwhile, Miguel Cabrera was still a relative dark horse in the MVP race as his prospects for the Triple Crown were still ominous at best. And his Tigers (who were losers of four straight and 3.0 back to the White Sox) seemed to be a long shot to win the AL Central.
But oh what a difference three weeks can make!