It’s early in the season, but it’s always nice to predict the MVP winners, even though we have months to go before the winner is crowned.
Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kemp is the obvious choice in the National League. Not only are the Dodgers an N.L. Best 22-11, but Kemp is enjoying his individual success which is obviously leading to wins for Don Mattingly’s ballclub. If the Dodgers were tanking, then Kemp might not be getting as much praise from the baseball world.
The Dodger’s five tool centerfielder got off to a historically great start. He was the first player since RBI’s became official to drive in 18 runs through his first 13 games, while hitting at a .451 clip. Kemp also set the record for most homeruns in April by any Dodger. Those are some pretty impressive honors considering that we are barely a month through the season, huh? Not to mention that the Dodgers were 10-3 during that impressive stretch.
The last week for Kemp has been a completely different story, however. Since last weekend, Kemp is hitting just .211, with no homeruns and just one run batted in. Along with his recent struggles, Kemp’s 399 consecutive games played streak came to an end on Monday night with a strained left hamstring.
But all in all, Kemp is the frontrunner for the MVP award even with his poor play of late.
Carlos Beltran, OF, St.Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals signed Carlos Beltran in the winter, just hoping for him to do at least half of what Albert Pujols provided them with on the offensive side of the ball for the past decade plus, but suddenly Beltran looks like a legitimate MVP candidate. Heck, it seems like Cards fans have completely forgotten about Pujols now that he’s in the American League.
The redbirds lead the National League in practically every offensive category, and Beltran is a big reason for this. The longtime New York Met leads the National League with 13 homeruns and 32 runs batted in, while hitting at a .295 clip.
Not to mention that Beltran’s intimidating bat is benefitting the likes of Allen Craig and David Freese. A true MVP makes his teammates better. Yes this is baseball, but Beltran’s hot start to the season is doing wonders for his fellow teammates.
David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
So moving in the fences was all the Mets had to do? Apparently so because Wright is leading the National League with a .400 batting average with four homeruns and 24 runs batted in.
Wright is in the midst of a contract year, and I’m sure he wants a big contract come winter, and the Mets would be wise to look him up now. If they choose to let Wright play out the year and he goes on to win the MVP award, Wright’s asking price is going to be through the roof.
From a fan’s point of view, it’s nice to see this guy performing again after a bumpy past couple years. The MVP award may seem far-fetched, but for Wright, it’s just staying healthy for 130+ games, then the honor seems a bit more realistic.