July 26, 2021

The National League MVP Race Is Wide Open (FanGraphs)


Two weeks ago, Fernando Tatis Jr. had what looked to be an insurmountable National League WAR-lead. Here’s what our NL position player leaderboard looked like before action got underway on Monday, September 7:

NL Position Player WAR Leaders on September 7

With just three weeks left to go in the regular season, Tatis had a one-win lead. Two weeks later, that lead is gone:

NL Position Player WAR Leaders (Through 9/19)

Name PA HR wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
Fernando Tatis Jr. 234 15 149 2.1 16.8 4.1 2.9
Freddie Freeman 231 11 184 0.5 25.3 -1.8 2.9
Manny Machado 229 16 161 -1.1 16.7 3.2 2.8
Mookie Betts 226 16 159 2.2 19.2 -0.7 2.6
Trevor Story 221 11 130 3.9 12.4 3.6 2.3
Mike Yastrzemski 210 9 153 0.7 14.9 1 2.3
Trea Turner 226 9 151 1.1 15.8 0.6 2.2
Ronald Acuña Jr. 171 13 166 1.1 15.7 1.9 2.1
Michael Conforto 227 9 164 -0.5 18 -2.6 2.1
Trent Grisham 226 9 119 -0.2 5.4 6.5 2
Paul Goldschmidt 195 6 152 0.6 13.6 -2.3 1.9
Ian Happ 205 12 143 0.4 11.7 -1.5 1.9
Wil Myers 195 13 157 1.3 15.5 -4 1.8
Corey Seager 202 13 155 -1.6 12.7 -2 1.8
Kole Calhoun 204 15 132 0.3 8.6 1.7 1.7
J.T. Realmuto 171 11 135 2.2 9.8 2.9 1.7

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