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Naming An MVP For All 30 MLB Teams: Part Two
The people have been clamoring for the second part of this, and as a man of the people, I must oblige. If you want to check out part one, where I handed out my fake honors to a player on every AL team, then you can click here.
If you want to bet on who the real MVP of the league will be, you can check out BetMGM Sportsbook, who currently have Aaron Judge as the overwhelming favorite for the AL, and Paul Goldschmidt as the overwhelming favorite for the NL.
So, time to move on to the National League.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen, Starting Pitcher
I can’t wait to see where Zac Gallen gets traded to in the offseason. He’s WAY too good to be playing ball in Arizona, and a team (like the Yankees) would love to have him in their rotation. Gallen is approaching the end of the season with a 12-2 record and a 2.50 ERA, and has really been the only noteworthy talen on the Diamondbacks all year. This one was pretty easy for me, and if not for Gallen I’d have to give to Christian Walker which is…blegh.
Atlanta Braves: Austin Riley, Third Base
The Braves found their next Chipper Jones in Austin Riley, which is insane because they have two more generational talents on their team already (Acuna and Albies). Riley has literally been the cornerstone of the Braves this year, hitting 36 homers si far for 90 RBIs, all the while hitting .278. Riley is five home runs away from 100 career homers, and thanks to his new contract he’ll have 10 more years to reach 500 on the Braves.
Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ, Outfield
I guess we’ll give this to Ian Happ? The Cubs have been pretty gross this year, so Happ shouldn’t be jumping up and down when he gets my MVP trophy in the mail. While he’s had a decent season so far (17 HR, 66 RBI, .272/.345/.456) he’s being helped a lot by his teammates NOT have good seasons. I see Happ being decent tradebait coming into the offseason.
Cincinnati Reds: Alexis Diaz, Closing Pitcher
This one is more so because Diaz is giving Reds fans something to look forward to. While he’s only got seven saves on the season, Diaz has been pretty lights out all year. In 56 innings pitched, Diaz has a 6-2 record and a 1.93 ERA, all the while holding a 12.1 K/9 rate. At 25 years old, it’s possible the Reds have their closer of ther future on their hands with Diaz.
Colorado Rockies: CJ Cron, First Base
CJ Cron is sneakily having an incredible season–he’ll most likely finish with 30 home runs (he has 28 now) and 100 RBIs (he has 97 now) and he’s hitting .264 on an AWFUL team. He has the most RBIs on the Rockies by a longshot, with the closest player to him (Charlie Blackmon) having 74.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Freddie Freeman, First Base
No exaggeration, there are like eight different guys I could give it to on the Dodgers. Don’t believe me? Will Smith, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, Mookie Betts, Tyler Anderson, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, Clayton Kershaw. Told you.
The reason why I didn’t go with any of the pitchers is because everyone on the STAFF is having a fantastic year. I decided to go with Freeman because he’s been an on base machine, hitting .329 with a .402 OBP and 181 hits on the season.
Miami Marlins: Sandy Alcantara, Starting Pitcher
The Marlins have to figure things out before it’s too late. They have some of the best young pitchers in the game (Pablo Lopez, Sandy Alcantara, Edward Cabrera) but their hitting is abysmal. That said, Alcantara has still managed to have an above .500 winning percentage on the season, which in and of i tself should be celebrated.
Milwaukee Brewers: Corbin Burnes, Starting Pitcher
Corbin Burnes…I guess? When you look at the Brewers roster on paper, you’ll be shocked to see their record isn’t MUCH worse. They’re saved by have just-above-decent pitching, so I guess I’ll give it to their best pitcher? I don’t know, this is a wash anyway.
New York Mets: Pete Alonso, First Base
It’s Pete Alonso…it has to be Pete Alonso…right? Alonso has 35 home runs and 112 RBIs on the season, and has been able to maintain a batting average above .270 for the better half of the season. Alonso has provided much needed pop in the Mets lineup, so I feel compelled to give it to him. However, as easily as I gave this Alonso I could’ve given it to Scherzer or Edwin Diaz.
Philadelphia Phillies: Kyle Schwarber, Outfield
This will be Schwarber’s fourth season with 30+ home runs, and if he hits two more it’ll be hist first 40+ home run season. Sure, he’s struck out 181 times, but in a year where Schwarber was supposed to be the fourth best hitter on his team, him being the MVP is just an indication to how this Phillies season went.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Oneil Cruz I guess, Shortstop
I mean, he’s the only reason you’d ever watch a Pirates game, right? He’s got incredible speed and power, but if he wants to succeed at the major league level he has to improve his plate discipline. In 287 at bats he’s struck out 109 times and only walked 18 teams. His .220 average needs to be .260+ in order to make up for his strikeouts, so he has a lot of improving to do before I’m tooting the diamond prospect horn.
San Diego Padres: Manny Machado, Third Base
God, I wish Manny Machado became a Yankee when that whole debacle went down. Machado is incredible year after year, and he’s keeping it going this year with a (likely) 30+ home run season and a (possible) .300+ batting average.
San Francisco Giants: Carlos Rodon, Starting Pitcher
Rodon has been great this year, holding a 13-8 record with a 2.84 ERA. He’s also got 220 strikeouts on the year, and has been a shining star in this bad bad Giants team.
St. Louis Cardinals: Albert Pujols, Designated Hitter
The man is about to hit 700 homeruns…just let him have this.
Washington Nationals: Joey Meneses, Utility
This man had the hardest job in the world…he had to replace Juan Soto. And boy, did he replace him. Since he was called up, Meneses has been one of the best hitters in baseball, and that’s not an exaggeration. In 37 games he’s got 8 home runs and 22 RBIs, and is hitting .322.