By Nicky D
With a little over a month left of the regular season,it's almost down to the wire on who are top candidates for the AL MVP award.
Jose Altuve- easily one of the best all-around players in baseball right now. Altuve is batting .363 on the year with 19 home runs,75 RBIS and 26 stolen bases. Not to mention the guy is 5 foot 6 and weighs 165 so 19 home runs is definitely impressive for a man his size. Clearly a top 2 in my book for the award.
Mookie Betts- the way he's played this past month alone brought him into conversation for the award. In Mookie's last 30 games he's been a complete savage, batting .363 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIS. For the season total he's batting .313 with 28 home runs and 89 RBIS while also leading all of baseball with 97 runs. It's probably between Altuve and Betts right now.If Betts doesn't end up winning this year he'll win one or more within the next 5 or 6 years.
Josh Donaldson- couldn't forget the reigning AL MVP himself. Donaldson is putting up a similar year from last year, making him a sure candidate. Donaldson is in second place in runs scored with 96 and has 28 home runs and 80 RBIS on the year. With just over a month to play Donaldson will finish short of his stats from last year ultimately not making him the favorite to win this years MVP. I'll say Donaldson finishes the year with about 35 home runs and 110 RBIS. I'll put him at 3rd place in the voting.
Edwin Encarnacion- from one Blue Jay to another, Edwin is currently leading all of baseball in home runs (34) and RBIS(100). Although he is leading in both and will probably end up finishing in the lead with both, he won't win MVP. One of the main reasons behind that is because he's a DH, a DH has never won the MVP award and it's not going to Change this year.
David Ortiz- I'm pretty much just adding him to this conversation because it's his last year. Big Papi has been having a great year for a 40 year old, which makes me think that he's probably taking something. He's batting .312 with 27 home runs and 93 RBIS, also leading the league in doubles with 38. His slugging percentage this year is the highest it's been since 2007,almost 10 years ago. Winning the award would definitely be a great way to end a great career but it's just not going to happen.