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MLB MVP Race

The Top Two Players from Each League

In the National League…

The two best players in the National League thus far are last year’s Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich and the Dodgers’ sweet stroking first baseman Cody Bellinger. The two southpaws are off to some of the hottest starts the world has ever seen. Bellinger leads the NL in OPS at 1.258 and Bellinger comes in at second with an OPS of 1.196. Both sluggers have 7 stolen bases.

Cody Bellinger has a batting average of .407 which leads both leagues and is second in the NL with 14 bombskis. He has nine doubles and a triple with 38 runs batted in and 37 runs scored. He has 24 base on balls with 25 strike outs through 41 games.

Christian Yelich, who is a relatively new super star, is slashing .338 with an MLB leading 16 home runs through 37 games. He has five doubles and 25 base on balls with 28 strike outs. Both super stars are displaying superb strike out to walk ratios. Yelich has 33 runs scored and 37 runs batted in.

At this point in the NL race, we predict Christian Yelich will win the Most Valuable Player because Cody Bellinger’s batting average above .400 will not last for long. They will both eventually cool off but this historic pace is fun to watch right now.

In the American League…

The two front runners for Most Valuable Player are Mike Trout and George Springer.

George Springer is off to a career best year as he’s hitting .321 with 15 home runs through 41 games. His OPS of 1.060 leads the American League and he has scored 35 runs while batting in 39. He is without a triple thus far but has slashed nine doubles throughout the first quarter of this year’s campaign. He has struck out 40 times and tallied 21 base on balls.

Mike Trout, on the other hand, is on pace for one of his worst years to date… and he is still a top two player in the entire American League. This lack of success can most likely be attributed to how bad the Angels are this year. Mike Trout’s lineup possesses no talent around him so teams have figured out that in order to win, you simply have to walk Mike Trout or give him terrible pitches to hit. Through 37 games, Trout is slashing .283 with nine home runs with 27 runs scored and 25 runs batted in. He has only 5 stolen bases but has an insane strikeout to walk ratio (37 base on balls compared to 23 strike outs).

We predict Mike Trout as this year’s MVP winner in the Al simply because he is Mike Trout. Also, Shohei Ohtani will soon be back into the Angels lineup which will force pitchers to give Trout more hittable pitches.

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