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MLB’s MVPs are almost always among the league leaders in the wins above replacement (WAR) stat, which attempts to gauge a player’s overall contribution to his team’s success. To that point, both of last year’s MVP winners were their respective league’s WAR lord: Mookie Betts in the American League (10.9) and Christian Yelich (7.6) in the National League.

WAR FOR NL MVP

WAR for National League MVP with Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich

In the National League, the season has shaped up into a two-way WAR battle between Yelich and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger. The latter has enjoyed a red-hot ride up to the All-Star break, and should he stay dialed in, will be the prohibitive favorite to win this year’s MVP honors.

UPDATED September 6, 2019

CODY BELLINGER

Bellinger didn’t receive a single vote in NL MVP voting last year, after being named an All Star and Rookie of the Year the year before that. The third-year player currently leads the NL in WAR and total bases, is second in home runs, and seventh in RBIs.

2019 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.308

Slugging %

.651

CHRISTIAN YELICH

Yelich leads the National League in runs created, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He is third in the National League in overall WAR, but first in offensive WAR.

2019 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.323

Slugging %

.665

PETE ALONSO

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is a long shot to catch Bellinger or Yelich in the MVP voting, but should be a shoo-in for National League Rookie of the Year honors. The 24-year-old slugger leads the NL in home runs, has racked up more than 100 RBIs in his inaugural campaign.

2019 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.267

Slugging %

.593