Kris Bryant Near the Top in Race for National League MVP

The Chicago Cubs are on pace to win over 100 games this season. The Cubs are also the odds on favorites to win the World Series.

Therefore, it does not come as any surprise that one, two or even more players would be in the running to win the National League MVP award.

One of those is Kris Bryant the third baseman/outfielder who over the past few weeks is making his way to the top of a pack of NL players, including teammate Anthony Rizzo.

Starting last Thursday, Bryant was 5 for 5 against Milwaukee with two home runs, had three hits in Colorado the next day to open a series on Friday and then had multiple hits over the weekend.

Bryant is the leader in the NL in both home runs and total bases. His batting average is .300 and he has 31 home runs, 83 RBIs and an OBP of .392.

He has played every game by three this season for Chicago and should pass 80 extra-base hits while approaching 350 total bases.

Bryant is much more than just one of the best bats anywhere in baseball. He is valuable on the bases as well. He can steal a base and has taken an extra base 54% of the time.

Bryant is also not hitting into a double plays at close to historic lows. Thus far, all season, Bryant has hit into only three double plays.

His defense is excellent. Bryant has played six positions during this season and has spent substantial time at third and in left and right.

At times, it is hard to judge how the players do in the clutch when your team wins close to half its games by five runs or more, so the clutch spots in tight games are few and far between.

The most recent push by Bryant of 10 hits in his past 16 at bats including 3 home runs, has put his name at the top of the list of candidates for the NL MVP and if he continues the way he is currently playing, he will be an easy choice by voters.

Regardless of that outcome on a personal level, Bryant is more focused on his team’s effort to win a World Series. The Cubs sit 12 games ahead in the NL Central at 78-45 with the best record in baseball.

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