Now that the starters have been revealed for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, here are the five most likely candidates to be awarded the MVP.
On Sunday night, the rosters for this 2018 edition of the MLB All-Star Game were revealed live on ESPN. And if you go by how the first half of the season has progressed, you could already start calling your shot for who will walk out of our nation’s capital with the MVP trophy. But that game isn’t until July 17. Right now, we’re going to do our own prediction on who could take that honor. Let’s take a look at the five most probable names for the MVP Award.
5. Mike Trout, OF/Los Angeles Angels
Just when you think it’s safe to forget about the Angel in the outfield known as Mike Trout, he turns into…well…Mike Trout. Currently leading the way in the American League, Trout has had a fantastic season so far. With 25 home runs already on the year, as of Sunday night, he’s well on pace to surpass his 2015 total of 41 homers. Over a recent six-game stretch, he had a small handful of triples, a home run, and a near .350 average. Not exactly a bad week at the office.
Now, will his performance so far this season translate to a one-night tilt with some of the best that both leagues have to offer? We still have four more names to churn through, but he is a very strong candidate for a huge piece of hardware to add to his collection. And that’s a collection that already has back-to-back trophies already in place. He won the All-Star MVP Award in 2014 and 2015.
It will be interesting to see how he matches up against the likes of Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, if even only for a couple of innings. He could easily steal the show and add his third trophy to his already impressive resume.