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MLB MVP Race: Ranking the Top 5 Players in Each League

We're halfway through the MLB season and some players have put their names on the MVP map. Let's take a look at the top five candidates to win the MLB MVP Race in the National and American League.
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MLB MVP Race: Ranking the Top 5 Players in Each League

It's already Mid-July. Just like that, we're halfway through the MLB season.

While there have been many disappointing performances from some athletes, there have also been some eye-popping performances from others.

Let's take a look at the top five candidates to win the MLB MVP Race in the National and American League.

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American League MVP Race Candidates

1. Aaron Judge +110 (Bet $100 to win $110)

At this point, the AL MVP is Aaron Judge's to lose. Judge has already hit 30 home runs with an OPS of .968 this season. He's also led the Yankees to one of the best starts in franchise history. The Yankees currently have a double-digit lead on every single team in the American League East and continue to play incredible baseball this season.

It's all because of Judge. Judge single-handedly came through multiple times in the clutch to help the Yankees escape games that could've been lost.

Judge is hitting a .282 average and has 65 runs batted in before the All-Star break has begun. When you pair his stats to a winning team, it's a no-brainer that Judge is the clear favorite to win this award.

2. Shohei Ohtani +150 (Bet $100 to win $150)

3. Mike Trout +1200 (Bet $100 to win $1200)

Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout would be next on the list. But with the way that the Angels are playing, those two just can't win the award right now. Ohtani is 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA on the season and then also has 19 home runs with 54 RBIs hitting. He's the most incredible player in the MLB, but because the Angels have struggled to win games, Judge will be ahead of him in this race for now.

The same thing could be said about Mike Trout. Plus his strikeout rate is pretty high for such an elite player.

4. Rafael Devers +1400 (Bet $100 to win $1400)

Rafael Devers would be next on the list. Devers is batting .326 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. He also has a .971 OPS, which is outstanding. If the Red Sox make up some ground on the Yankees and Devers is the main reason why he'll start to move up in these rankings.

5. Yordan Alvarez +1400 (Bet $100 to win $1400)

Lastly, Yordan Alvarez is currently missing some time due to injury. The more time he misses, the less of a chance he'll have of winning this award. On the year, however, he is batting .306 with 26 home runs and 60 RBIs. He also leads the league with a 1.058 OPS.

If anything, Alvarez, if he wasn't injured, would be considered at the top. But for now, we'll have to wait for him to heal up.

National League MVP Race Candidates

1. Paul Goldschmidt +100 (Bet $100 to win $100)

In the National League, it's more of a wide-open race. Paul Goldschmidt is winning the race right now, but he doesn't have it basically locked up as Aaron Judge has with the AL award.

Goldschmidt is batting .333 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs for the Cardinals. He's also second in the league with a 1.012 OPS. Plus, the Cardinals are in contention for the NL Central, which will only help Goldschmidt's case.

2. Manny Machado +550 (Bet $100 to win $550)

Meanwhile, Manny Machado of the Padres has hit .305 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs. He's done this without Fernando Tatis Jr., who would have only helped him pad his stats more. Machado could make a run for the NL MVP with Tatis back. That would only mean more RBIs and better pitches thrown his way.

3. Pete Alonso +600 (Bet $100 to win $600)

In third is Pete Alonso of the New York Mets. Alonso has hit just .269 but has 23 home runs with 72 RBIs on the season. Alonso leads the league in RBIs but only has an OPS of .871. He's been clutch hitting the baseball, but there are many hitters better than Alonso in almost every other category.

4. Mookie Betts +1000 (Bet $100 to win $1000) 5. Trea Turner +1400 (Bet $100 to win $1400)

Lastly, the two Dodgers players between Mookie Betts and Trea Turner both have a chance at the award as well. Betts has 20 home runs with 46 RBIs while hitting .271. On the other hand, Trea Turner is hitting .303 with 12 home runs and 63 RBIs. If one of these two batters has a huge second half, they can sneak into the race. Betts will need to increase his average while Turner will need to hit for more power.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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