We only have 4 days of regular season baseball left. Most teams are winding down and giving some young guys a chance to show what they can do. Only a few teams (hello NL Central) are still battling for postseason positions. Now is the time that we start looking at awards. Usually, MVP Awards and Cy Young Awards are fairly clean cut. But as we’ll see here, that’s not always the case.
The American League MVP Award belongs to Mookie Betts. I can’t see any reasonable argument anyone could put forth that would make sense in the way of giving it to anyone else. He should’ve won it a couple years ago when Mike Trout was given the award despite Betts having better numbers in almost every category. Not a dig on Trout, of course, he’s the best player in the game today. But this season it belongs to Betts. Hands down.
Mookie is slashing at .346/.437/.643/1.079. He has 32 HR, 80 RBI, 126 runs, and 30 SB. His defense is stellar, as it has been every season. He is the spark for the team with the best record in the major leagues. JD Martinez, Mike Trout, and Jose Ramirez have all had great seasons; MVP caliber seasons. But this year it’s Mookie’s award.
So let’s talk about the National League MVP. There are 3 players whose names are being tossed into the ring as being the front runner. Here are their numbers:
- Christian Yelich: .321/.395/.583/.978. 33 HR, 104 RBI, 112 runs, 21 SB
- Nolan Arenado: .296/.375/.546/.920. 34 HR, 105 RBI, 100 runs.
- Javy Baez: .293/.327/.562/.890. 34 HR, 111 RBI, 98 runs, 21 SB
These are the 3 players, in my opinion, that are leading the pack. Javy Baez has fallen off as of late, but still putting up great numbers. A month or so ago, I thought he was the front runner. To me right now, Christian Yelich deserves the award. He’s slashing higher than the other 2 and appears to be leading the Milwaukee Brewers into the playoffs. Nolan Arenado has been putting up numbers like this for a few years now. It’s just a matter of time until he gets an MVP to his credit. I just don’t think it will happen this year. The National League has also seen outstanding performances by Matt Carpenter, Paul Goldschmidt, and Eugenio Suarez. But their numbers fall a little short of the 3 mentioned above.
All 3 of these players are young and possibly headed to the postseason. These last 4 days of baseball will be very interesting for them and their respective teams. Either way, playoffs or not, MVP Award or not, it has been an absolute joy to watch them play the game. I just hope you guys can appreciate the skill and greatness that they’re putting on display. This could very well be an MVP race that we talk about for years to come.