NL MVP: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
The Cardinals have the best record in baseball, but Bryce Harper has finally arrived.
The Washington Nationals will have the pleasure of contending in the playoffs this year because of having a Cy Young candidate and an MVP candidate.
Harper’s numbers are the best of his career and only one other player in the NL comes close at the moment is Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt. The Arizona Diamondbacks, however, are going to have to get above .500 and contend with the Dodgers and the Giants for Goldy to win this from Harper.
The former first overall pick is hitting .340 with 24 home runs, 58 RBI’s and 53 runs scored. The Nationals needed him to be this kind of player and they finally got their money’s worth.
Second half players to watch: Paul Goldschmidt, Todd Frazier, Adrian Gonzalez, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen.