Much like the American League race that we covered last week, it’s pretty much a two-man race as well in the National League. The top two contenders for the NL MVP award are both residing with teams currently within earshot of a possible postseason berth. As we’ll delve into more detail below, the playoff race is certainly impacting these two superstars’ chances of taking home a coveted piece of hardware at season’s end.
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Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
- 2021 MLB National League MVP Odds: -227
The Phillies are on a 7-3 run over their last 10 games and are just two games behind the Braves for the lead in the NL Central standings. In turn, Bryce Harper’s odds of winning the NL MVP title has skyrocketed past the season-long favorite from over in the Pacific.
Harper’s been sensational since the All-Star break, batting .351 and with a stellar on-base percentage of .487 since the Midsummer Classic. If Philly finishes the regular season as the NL Central champs, Harper could very well win his second-career NL MVP award.
Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego Padres
- 2021 MLB National League MVP Odds: +250
As the Padres see themselves slipping further away from an NL Wild Card spot, so too does Fernado Tatis Jr. ‘s chances of winning his first-ever MVP. The 22-year-old’s shoulder injury certainly hampered his dominant swing for the better half of the season.
Tatis has just 12 home runs since the Break along with a relatively humble .290 batting average. Unless San Diego makes a late playoff push against some pretty tough competition to close out the season, the NL MVP race could certainly be all but lost for the phenomenal youngster.
Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers
- 2021 MLB National League MVP Odds: +5000
As the anchor of the Dodgers’ lineup, Max Muncy deserves more credit. Yes, there are plenty of stars in Tinseltown that eat up Muncy’s production, but the two-time All-Star is having himself quite a season.
However, Muncy’s been in a slump for the past couple of months, hitting just .200 since the start of August. It also doesn’t help that LA’s success is highly attributed to their pitching, particularly from Max Scherzer, who’s a top candidate to win the NL Cy Young award as well. With the focus of the NL MVP race solely on Harper and Tatis right now coupled with added attention in Scherzer’s way, Muncy’s pretty much a longshot to win the NL MVP title.
Juan Soto – Washington Nationals
- 2021 MLB National League MVP Oddss: +450
Regardless of where he stands in the ongoing MVP race, Washington’s Juan Soto is simply playing out of his mind of late. Over the past month or so, Soto is hitting over .450 and has averaged a little over one walk per game.
Unfortunately, the fact that the Nationals have been far from playoff contention all season long, last year’s NL batting champ would need a historic run for the remainder of the season and a couple of bad breaks from the other contenders above just to get a whiff of the NL MVP award. The 22-year-old Dominican wonder still has plenty of time to rack up awards left and right, but now’s not his time yet to take home the National League’s Most Valuable Player distinction just yet.