Yeah, so I feel like I was one of the first ones who started to look around and realize it’s Kris Bryant or Corey Seager for National League MVP. That noise is getting louder.
I logged onto ESPN/mlb today and saw Seager’s picture on the front page. SweetSpot’s Schoenfield says it’s time to give Seager his due as a legit MVP candidate. It was time a while ago.
He reminds us that Seager is second in position-player WAR in the NL behind Bryant, at 4.6; tied with Anthony Rizzo who may pull votes from his teammate. And:
Compared to the American League — which has seven position players above 5.0 (Corey’s older brother Kyle Seager has 4.9 WAR and ranks eighth) — it’s kind of a mediocre group of MVP candidates. Bryant is probably the favorite as he leads the NL in runs, is second in home runs, seventh in OPS, and 10th in RBIs. He’s played good defense while shuttling between third base, left field, and right field (plus-8 Defensive Runs Saved). Seager, however, has played a solid shortstop (plus-2 DRS), erasing concerns that he won’t have the range to stick there.
Really love this kid, like the Dodgers, and legitimately hope he finishes with a monster September that sees him win this award…. as much as we also love Bryant.