MLB MVP watch: Altuve coasting in AL

Luke Garza

Sports Blogger

@LukeAGarza

We’re about a month away from October, which means MLB teams have about 30 games left on their regular season schedule. As teams attempt to reach the postseason, players are attempting to make a final push towards the MVP award. Below are the top three MVP candidates for each league.

American League

Jose Altuve, second base, Houston Astros: .354, 22 home runs, 88 RBIs

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is leading the way for America League MVP. (Flickr)
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is leading the way for America League MVP.
(Flickr)

After failing to record a .300 batting average in any of his first three seasons, Altuve surpassed that plateau in each of his past three, including an MLB-leading .354 average this season. Altuve also leads the MLB with 183 hits and has the Astros two games out of a wildcard playoff berth.

Mookie Betts, outfield, Boston Red Sox: .322, 30 home runs, 96 RBIs

Betts’ numbers are impressive. What’s more impressive is that he’s only 23-years-old. Betts has the most total bases taken in the AL this season and trails only Altuve for the league lead in hits.

Josh Donaldson, third base, Toronto Blue Jays: .294, 34 home runs, 92 RBIs

Another MLB season means another monster campaign from Donaldson. The sixth-year veteran ranks in the AL’s top three in runs, slugging percentage, on base percentage and walks. More importantly, Donaldson is leading the Blue Jays to the second-best record in the AL.

National League

Daniel Murphy, second base/third base, Washington Nationals: .345, 25 home runs, 98 RBIs

Murphy had an insane power surge during the New York Mets’ World Series run last season. Apparently, the Mets didn’t think it was sustainable so they let him hit the free agent market. It’s safe to assume New York regret that decision. Murphy leads the NL in batting average, slugging percentage and is tied for the league lead in doubles. Ironically, the Nationals have a comfortable nine-game lead in the NL East over Murphy’s former team.

 Kris Bryant, third base, Chicago Cubs: .305, 35 home runs, 89 RBIs

It’s Bryant’s second season in the major leagues, but he’s performing like a seasoned veteran. Dethroning Bryce Harper as the NL’s best power-hitter, Bryant is tied for the league lead in home runs with 35. That’s nine more home runs than he finished with last season, though there are 32 games left on the Cubs’ schedule. Bryant also ranks among the NL’s top three in total bases and OPB.

Corey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers: .320, 23 home runs, 62 RBIs

Kyle Seager is to Seth Curry as Corey Seager is to Steph Curry. Another youngster on an absolute tear, the younger Seager brother has shown critics what the hype was all about. Corey Seager leads the Dodgers in hits, doubles, triples, runs and batting average. He leads the NL in hits with 162 and is tied for the league lead in doubles with 37. The 22-year-old also finds himself among the NL’s top five in runs and batting average.

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