If the season ended today, Javy Baez may be your National League MVP.
Of course, the season isn't ending today, only the first half of the 2018 campaign is.
He flashed his skills again over the weekend — scoring the game-winning run Friday, posting a 5-RBI game Saturday and then drove in the Cubs' first run in their 7-4 victory Sunday to close out a sweep of the Padres.
Entering the All-Star Break, Baez should be the frontrunner for Most Valuable Player.
For starters, he's the best player on the best team in the league.
Thanks to a recent hot surge by the Cubs and an ugly weekend for the Brewers (who have lost 6 straight), Baez and Co. will go into the break with the best record in the NL.
Baez, meanwhile, leads the Cubs in WAR and nearly every offensive category — OPS, slugging percentage, homers, RBI, runs scored, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases and hits.
And that's not even saying anything about his glovework at any position on the infield or dynamic baserunning.
He's on pace to become the first Cubs player to drive in 125 runs since Sammy Sosa in 2001.
Baez also is on track for a 30-30 season — something only Sosa accomplished in a Cubs uniform in 1993 and 1995.
El Mago will enjoy his week in the Home Run Derby and as the NL's starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, but those shouldn't be the end of his accolades this year if he can find a way to keep this pace up in the second half.
What other NL candidate would be a better choice for the MVP right now?
Baez is tied for the league lead in RBI. Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is just behind Baez with 70 RBI, but he also has 70 fewer at-bats than the Cubs star due to a platoon to begin the year.
Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett are also having great years, but the Reds are nowhere close to a playoff spot.
Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt are also having very good seasons on teams that are currently in the playoff hunt, but how do you deny the best player on the league's best team?
After all, where would the Cubs be without Baez this season?
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have battled through injuries and bouts of ineffectiveness, the pitching staff has had all kinds of consistency/health woes and Willson Contreras has yet to find his power stroke at the plate.
At the very least, "El Mago" has been the most important player on the North Side of Chicago during the first 3.5 months of 2018.