There is a lot of talk going on saying the National League MVP is wide open and could be anybody’s race. However, regardless of if the Miami Marlins make the playoffs or not this season, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has to be the favorite.
Stanton leads the NL in home runs (33), runs batted in (97) and wins above replacement (6.0). His numbers are similar to that of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, and many are considering him the heavy favorite to take home the hardware on the American League side. It should not come down to the idea of whether or not the Marlins make the playoffs. It should simply be the idea that Stanton has been the best player in the league all season, and if not for him, the Marlins would not even be in playoff talks.
Baseball is known for giving awards to players who play for losing teams. Examples include Alex Rodriguez when he played for the awful Texas Rangers and Felix Hernandez winning the Cy Young for the sub-.500 Seattle Mariners in 2010. The Marlins find themselves two games under .500 and still in Wild Card talks being 5.5 games out.
It it unclear if the Marlins can keep the young slugging outfielder, but for the time being, they are sure enjoying his mammoth power that has kept the team in playoff talks as the calendar turns to September. His offensive numbers and underrated defensive skills have him earning his first of what could be a few MVPs in his career, and the Marlins can at least send him off on a high note.