There has been a multitude of opinions on who should win the MVP awards this season. In the AL, rookie powerhouse Aaron Judge and the always consistent José Altuve have emerged as the two prime candidates for the MVP. Over in the NL, free-swinging Justin Turner, the fiery Nolan Arenado, slugger Daniel Murphy, and Charlie “Chuck Nasty” Blackmon have all put themselves in a position to be in contention to win the coveted NL MVP. Here the most deserving players to win the awards for each league at this point of the season.
2017 American League MVP: José Altuve
“Tuve” has been the epitome of consistency throughout the entire season up to this point, playing in 112 out of 116 games while collecting 160 hits and batting a RIDICULOUS .361 average. His on-base percentage is sitting at an astounding .422 as he is almost guaranteed to reach base safely at least twice a game. In the month of July, he established a batting average of .485, placing himself ahead of the pack for the batting title. Altuve has shined on the defensive side of the ball as well. In 420 defensive chances to make a play this season, he has only committed 9 errors while carrying a fielding percentage of 97.9%. The extremely solid and dependable play of José Altuve has made him the frontrunner for the AL MVP award of 2017.
Meanwhile, Aaron Judge has seen his numbers plummet dramatically following his runaway victory in the Home Run Derby. Before the All Star Break, he batted .329 with 30 HR and 60 RBI. His average has dropped 40 points and he has struck out a league-leading 43 times since after the All-Star break. Everyone knew that the pace Judge was slugging could not continue, but only few could have thought that his numbers would diminish this drastically and this rapidly.
2017 National League MVP: Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado has seemingly taken his game to a new level one year after another. From hitting clutch home runs to making plays defensively that only a handful of players in the history of the game could even make, Arenado has emerged as one of the elite players in the MLB. In the 2017 season, he was the first player in both leagues to reach the 100 RBI mark. As of now, he sits at 100 RBI while also carrying a .313 batting line and clubbing 26 HR. “Nado” has always been a defensive superstar, collecting 4 Gold Glove awards in his first 5 years of his young career. This year, he is playing even better defensively than ever. His fielding percentage is at 98.7%, and if he were able to keep it above a 97.3%, he would post a career-best in that category. In 301 defensive chances, he has only committed 4 errors, which is truly an incredible feat. Arenado has also been extremely healthy this season (knock on wood, of course) as he has played in 113 out of the Rockies’ 117 games. Durability and consistency are two words that also describe Nolan Arenado, and that is why he is worthy of being crowned the National League’s Most Valuable Player this season.
As the regular season continues to wind down, these two phenomenal players continue to shine for their respected clubs. Both the Astros and the Rockies are in a position to make the postseason. The Astros have a huge cushion in the AL West, leading the division by 12 games. The Rockies are currently sitting in second place in the NL Wild Card race, trailing the Diamondbacks by a half game and sitting out in front of the streaking Cubs by 4 games. If both José Altuve and Nolan Arenado continue to play at this level and both of their squads’ reach the playoffs, these two superstars will without a doubt be the most deserving candidates for the AL and NL MVP awards.