This will be no ordinary  MLB  season. With the 2020 slate shortened to 60 games, almost anything can happen.   Sure, the best players are the best players. Assuming they remain healthy and on the field, they’ll likely produce the best results…

This will be no ordinary MLB season. With the 2020 slate shortened to 60 games, almost anything can happen. Sure, the best players are the best players. Assuming they remain healthy and on the field, they’ll likely produce the best results…

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Reuter: OF Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves
Ronald Acuna Jr. finished fifth in NL MVP voting a year ago, and it seems like only a matter of time before he wins the award. The 22-year-old showed he can go on a tear when he hit eight home runs over an eight-game stretch during his rookie season in 2018, and he caught fire again last August with 11 home runs in 28 games. A similar stretch might be all it takes to push him over the top in a shortened season.
Rymer: OF Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
Remember how good Betts was in 2018? Well, he wasn’t much worse in 2019 even though his rWAR sunk from 10.6 to 6.9. He was still a superior defender and baserunner, and his .406 xwOBA (i.e., his expected production based on walks, strikeouts and contact quality) put him among the league’s best hitters. With more of that, he’s an MVP again.
Shafer: 3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
There’s no way Arenado wins the MVP award on a Rockies team that’s likely headed for a fourth-place finish at best in the NL West. But if he gets traded to a contender by the Aug. 31 deadline (which we posited he will), he could become a stretch-run savior and finally claim the prize for which he’s finished fifth, fourth, third and sixth in the past four seasons, respectively.

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