Robinson Cano: .295/.351/.518, 24 HRs, 70 RBIs
Manny Machado: .305/.364/.559, 26 HRs, 69 RBIs
Mike Trout: .312/.424/.549, 21 HRs, 74 RBIs
Life is tough as usual for Mike Trout, as two more home runs and eight more RBIs this week didn’t move him any closer to his second career MVP award. His great week is yet another testament to this being the most competitive three-headed MVP race in recent memory. His one place slip is due in part to the five consecutive losses that the Angels suffered this past week. To be fair, it was to Seattle and Chicago (NL), two of the hottest teams in baseball.
Josh Donaldson: .296/.407/.570, 27 HRs, 77 RBIs
Production from Josh Donaldson solves all. The Blue Jays fully narrowed the gap in the AL East this week, tying Baltimore for the division lead. Donaldson, en route, went seven for 25 with two home runs, three RBIs, and three runs. All in all, he’s put together what is quite possibly the best offensive season of anyone in baseball. His OPS now stands at .976.
Jose Altuve: .361/.427/.570, 19 HRs, 68 RBIs
Though the Astros have struggled of late, it hasn’t been enough to dethrone Jose Altuve atop the AL MVP rankings. He went nine for 23 this week, hitting five RBIs and crossing the plate three times himself. He only lacks slightly behind the other two hitters in terms of power, and fully makes up for it with the highest average in the league, and some of the best range of any player at their position.
Daniel Murphy: .347/.386/.608, 21 HRs, 81 RBIs
Anthony Rizzo: .289/.398/572, 24 HRs, 74 RBIs
Corey Seager: .303/.357/.531, 21 HRs, 55 RBIs
It was a top notch week for Corey Seager, as the Yasiel Puig-less Dodgers further narrowed the gap between them and San Francisco, and Seager himself connected on three different home runs, raising his total to 21 on the year. His range and run scoring have helped his WAR on the year, which once again puts him in the middle of the discussion for NL MVP, in what appears to be a wide open race. Passing the struggling Giants could only help the shortstop’s case.
Kris Bryant: .284/.385/.547, 28 HRs, 70 RBIs
The Cubs are red hot and so is Kris Bryant, who’s fully removed from his homerless streak, as he connected on two more this week, while also going six for 18. The Cubs have been red-hot since the trade deadline. With his recent uptick, it’s fair to say that it’ll be a race of two bats down the stretch between these two power hitting third basemen.
Nolan Arenado: .288/.360/.573, 30 HRs, 91 RBIs
Certainly not to be outdone, Arenado has been perhaps the hottest player in baseball over the past seven days. He’s gone 11 for 25, connecting on four home runs, hitting in 12 runs, and crossing the plate ten times. That’s not to mention being walked six times this week. The two extra home runs gave Arenado a two homer lead over Kris Bryant, which gives you the impression that this race could come down.