In the midst of a historic season, three players have risen above and beyond. But which of the three has the best chance to take home the AL MVP at the end of the season?
With the best record in baseball, the Astros have relied on contributions from their entire 25 man roster to dominate the majors. Even so, a team doesn’t become great without great players doing great things. And the Astros are no different. Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer have all been spectacular so far this season. But which of the three has the best chance to take home the AL MVP?
Altuve is More Than Able
After finishing third in the AL MVP voting last season, Jose Altuve has the edge over Correa and Springer in MVP-caliber play. And that hasn’t stopped this season. With 4.4 WAR this season, Altuve leads the best team in baseball in that telling statistic. But it hasn’t just come from his speed or his hitting prowess, as Altuve has developed into a legitimate five-tool player.
His slash line of .334/.405/.538 combined with his 12 home runs and 45 RBIs has been a key cog in the Astros’ offensive machine. He has also been a terror on the base paths, as he leads the team with 17 stolen bases. Altuve’s offensive prowess alone would be enough to put him in the MVP conversation. But for him to be in the conversation at the end of the season, Altuve will need to continue his offensive output.
That hasn’t been a problem for Altuve, as he has been a top performer this season. His OPS has increased each calendar month, going from .874 in March/April, .903 in May and 1.007 in June. If he can keep up his torrid pace of production, Altuve will find himself in the same position as last season. But what about one of the younger Astros players?