2019 MLB Predictions: MVP
Mookie Betts took home the American League MVP in 2018...who will win the award in each league this season?
NBC Sports MLB analysts mae their predictions as part of our MLB Preview content all week.
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AL: Mike Trout / NL: Nolan Arenado
In the AL, there is no reason to get cute here -- at 27 years old, Trout is the best player in the world and should be entering his prime. For the NL, perhaps this will be the year voters give the nod to the six-time Gold Glove Award winner. Arenado has hit at least 37 homers in each of the past four years and should again play for a team that's in the race. - Alex Pavlovic, NBC Sports Bay Area
AL: Mike Trout / NL: Paul Goldschmidt
In the AL, Trout is still the best all-around player in baseball, and at age 27, he is just coming into his prime. His advanced metrics are off the charts, which could allow him to win MVP award No. 3 even if the Angels miss the postseason. In the NL, Goldschmidt has a chance to make an impact on a larger stage now with the Cardinals. Expect the 31-year-old to put up his usual huge numbers and lead St. Louis to the postseason. - Ben Ross, NBC Sports Bay Area/California
AL: Mike Trout / NL: Nolan Arenado
When you’re the best player in baseball, you win the MVP unless someone else puts together a historic type year. That won’t happen this season and Trout should take home AL MVP. Nolan Arenado’s been so consistent over the years, but this will be a career year for the best player in the NL. - Lou Merloni, NBC Sports Boston
AL: Alex Bregman / NL: Nolan Arenado
For the AL, Bregman put up an MVP-caliber season in 2018. He bashed 31 homers, drove in 103 runs, reached base at a .394 clip and led the game with 51 doubles -- not to mention, played some pretty good defense at the hot corner. In the NL, Arenado has now made his money, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stop being the consistent Coors Field crusher he’s been in each of the last four seasons: 158 homers, 503 RBIs, a .931 OPS, four Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, four All-Star berths and four top-eight NL MVP finishes. - Vinnie Duber, NBC Sports Chicago
AL: Carlos Correa / NL: Freddie Freeman
When healthy, Correa gives Francisco Lindor a run for his money for the crown of top shortstop in baseball. Still only 24 years old, Correa has the youth, the talent and the help from the supporting cast on one of baseball's best teams to emerge as a bonafide MVP contender in the AL. Freeman, on the other hand, led the NL in hits and doubles last season while finishing fourth in MVP voting and taking home his first Gold Glove Award. He's the stabilizing force in a lineup that should be plenty productive in 2019. - Tony Andracki, NBC Sports Chicago
AL: Mike Trout / NL: Paul Golschmidt
Picking Trout every year for the AL is just the logical way to go. He's the best player in baseball, a top-five player ever and could win the MVP every season if it was based strictly on numbers and not narrative. In the NL, Goldschmidt is a complete hitter who has solid lineup protection and is playing for a projected winner. With his next contract no longer a concern, I could see Goldschmidt hitting .300 with 35 and 125. And unlike the candidates on other teams, there is no clear second star alongside Goldschmidt, which should boost his case if the Cards make the playoffs. - Corey Seidman, NBC Sports Philadelphia
AL: Mike Trout / NL: Bryce Harper
Duh, Mike Trout is going to win MVP in the AL. On the other side, Harper will enjoy his new park and honeymoon period in Philadelphia on his way to his second NL MVP. Todd Dybas, NBC Sports Washington