After running away with the AL MVP race in April and being one step away from having his name engraved on the award, Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez is the not the clear cut favorite to take home the hardware.
Instead, Tigers' right fielder Magglio Ordonez is having a torrid month of May and is quietly distinguishing himself as the premier slugger in the American League. Through 45 games Magglio is hitting .361 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI's.
He ranks third in the AL in batting average, on base percentage[.441] and home runs, while he leads the majors in runs batted in and slugging percentage[.710]. Unlike A-Rod's team, the Tigers' are twelve games over .500 and lead the AL Central by a half game over Cleveland.
Ordonez, 33, is hitting .380 this month and in his last ten games he's batting .415 with seventeen hits, 11 runs knocked in, fourteen runs scored and five long balls. Yesterday against the AL West leading Angels he went 4-for-4 with three RBI's and three runs scored.