With just a quarter of the season remaining, the lead up to the MVP and Cy Young awards in both leagues are going into full swing (pun intended). In the American League, despite a tight race among so many players, sports analysts have narrowed down the AL MVP contention to the following players (in no particular order).
Mookie Betts is a favorite among many MLB experts behind a superb season by his Boston Red Sox Team, who are on pace to score 874 runs. Betts is also coming from a recent five-for-five performance, despite losing 6-3 to the Royals, and has been having one of his best seasons hitting 29 homers with 94 RBIs. Some are questioning his .360 OBP though, compared to other prospective MVP candidates.
Mike Trout is the leading “candidate” at present, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, based on the Tweet he shared below. And it comes to no surprise with the player carrying a slash line of .312/.432/.538 and tallying 24 home runs and 82 RBI while stealing 21 bases. The only problem is, his team, the Los Angeles Angels, is dead last in the American League West division, which could jeopardize his bid for another MVP award.
Jose Altuve is currently leading the AL in batting average with .355, while ranking second in both OBP with .415, and strikeout rate with 10.1 percent. Based on odds, he is the favorite to win the MVP, but this is also based on handicappers. He is also the main competition of Trout, in terms of numbers, with almost the same slash line at .312/.431/.546. His team does not seem to have a bright future ahead of them either, with Baseball Prospectus putting Houston’s chances of seeing the playoffs at a measly 18 percent.
Josh Donaldson may be the dark horse in the race, despite having the best OPS than the other players in this list. On top of this, he has the most homers with 33 and an OBP of .407, and is with a Blue Jays team who is sitting atop the AL East division. He’s also the reigning MVP, by the way, and he just hit three homers in a sweep of the Twins.
Too early to call? Not really. With September creeping in, it will just be a matter of time, before fans see if these (or quite possibly other) players will stand out in the AL MVP race.
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