AL & NL MVP RACES
Who will win this season’s AL and NL MVP races and who should win? The all-star break is just around the corner, so let’s take a look, while also considering the fact that there’s still more if this season to be played. It’s useful to take a look at the odds of who might win.
The AL MVP race unsurprisingly features Los Angeles Angels CF Mike Trout, who is currently batting .333/.466/.624 and a 2.0 bWAR. The problem is that he’s currently injured and will likely be out into August. Toronto Blue Jays 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has broken out this year and is currently batting .342/.444/.675 with 3.7 bWAR. He’s also leading the league in home runs with 22 and RBI with 56. In fact, barring a downturn and Trout Vlad should be the leader for the award at this point. Trout’s teammate Shohei Ohtani is quietly a contender too with a 4.3 bWAR and a .270/.354/.615 batting line. The fact that he’s a DH hurts him however. An equalizer maybe the fact that he’s also a starting pitcher with 3 wins, 1 loss and a 2.70 ERA. I can’t really see anyone else winning the award at this point. It pretty much has to be one of these three.
The NL MVP race has a surprising contender: New York Mets ace Jacob DeGrom, who has so far compiled 4.1 bWAR with 6 wins, 2 losses and a 0.54 ERA. He’s currently in pace for one of the greatest seasons in any starting pitcher’s history. More traditional contenders include Atlanta Braves RF Ronald Acuna Jr., who is currently sitting on a .294/.398/.605 batting line with a 2.6 bWAR. Another contender is San Diego Padres SS Fernando Tatis Jr., who has 3.1 bWAR and a .278/.354/.675 batting line with league leading 22 home runs and 49 RBI.
So who will win and who should win? The AL MVP race should be between Trout and Vlad and it’s too early to say who should win. Who will win? At this point Vlad, but Trout can still pull it out. The NL MVP should go to DeGrom and honestly it could, but if not then it’s most likely going to be Tatis.
What do you think? Is there someone that you think can do it besides these players?