3. Cody Bellinger is not the best MVP candidate on the Dodgers, is not a finalist
It is a testament to how good Bellinger is that him not finishing as a finalist for the MVP award is viewed as a down season, even if he finishes in the top-five in voting. I hate to break it to those that have money on Bellinger winning back-to-back MVPs, but that is what is going to happen.
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I think Bellinger’s final 2020 slash line is going to be .280/.380/.600 with 42 home runs, 100 RBIs and a fourth-place finish in the National League MVP voting, behind a teammate in Mookie Betts, Ronald Acuna (who has 40-40 potential) and Christian Yelich.
Yelich has been insane the last two seasons and probably would have won the MVP last year if he did not get hurt. His numbers the last two years have been even better than Mike Trout, which is saying something.
Acuna will finish third with another near 40-40 season and a better batting average than last year, which will give him the advantage over Bellinger.
Betts will be the Dodgers’ MVP in 2020 and will be neck and neck with Yelich for the award. This could just be optimism on my behalf, but I really like how Betts fits on the Dodgers and I think he will have an insane year as a result.
Betts had a “down year” last season, which was only a down year because of a slow start, he was electric in the second half. I think we are going to see Betts hit around .320, slug 30 home runs, drive in 80 RBIs and threaten the 150-run plateau.
Betts has such a good lineup behind him that any time he gets to second to lead off a game it is almost a near-guarantee that he is going to score. If Betts regains his 30 stolen base potential from 2018 as well then that is going to make it even easier for him to cross home.
Bellinger is going to have a great year, but the true standout of 2020 is going to be the new guy, Mookie Betts.