With six weeks left in the MLB season, discussion over the candidates for the season-long awards is well underway. In terms of the National League MVP, the candidates are Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo , and Daniel Murphy, among others. Currently, there is a belief that because Rizzo and Bryant are teammates, they’ll split votes. Teammates shouldn’t be hurt by one another if they both belong in the discussion, which they both do,
Kris Bryant is hitting .300, with 31 home runs and 83 RBI’s. The 31 homers for Bryant place him second in the league, just one behind the Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado. Also, Bryant has had two 5 hit games already this season. Rizzo has been just about as important a contributor to the Cubs success as Bryant. Rizzo has a .295 average, with 25 homers and 87 RBI’s. His 87 RBI’s currently rank him third in the National League, just ahead of his teammate Bryant. With both of them near the top in offensive categories, they have also earned the right to be in the discussion for this award, regardless of them being on the same team..
Unless someone in the last six weeks really turns it on, Bryant and Rizzo should both finish somewhere in the top three of the MVP race in the National League. They have led their team in tandem to the best record in baseball. So, to penalize them when it comes time for individual recognition doesn’t make sense. If they both deserve it, they should not be hurt because they have each other as teammates.