Mike Trout, Mookie Betts lead MVP Award poll

Three weeks since our first MVP Awards poll of the 2022 season, the American League race has remained fairly static, but there have been big shifts in the National League field, with a new leader among the four new players in the top five.

Once again, voters were asked to rank their top five MVP candidates in each league based on what’s happened so far and what they expect to happen in the coming months. Players received voting points on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale—five points for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote, and so on, with 59 voters participating. Here are the results. (All stats are current through Tuesday. All odds are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds are subject to change.)

1. Mike Trout, OF, Angels (27 votes in first place)
MVP ratings: 4.25-1

Trout received a lower percentage of the #1 vote than in our first MVP poll, but he still holds the top spot after another strong month. The three-time AL MVP hit 15 extra bases — including eight home runs — and 18 RBIs with .972 OPS in 27 games in May, though the Halos slipped a bit in the standings after ending April in first place.

2. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees (20 first place votes)
MVP ratings: 3.3-1

Judge is the best player on the team with the best record in MLB, so it’s no surprise he’s garnered a lot of support from our constituents. The outfielder leads the majors with 18 home runs and a .657 slugging percentage and went deep 12 times in May. Judge, who is eligible for free agency at the end of this season, previously finished second in the 2017 AL MVP race and fourth last year.

3. José Ramírez, 3B, Guardians (7 first place votes)
MVP ratings: 12-1

If Ramírez holds that spot through the end of the season, it would be the fourth AL MVP spot in the top three of his career. The Switch-battering third baseman has more RBIs (51) than any other player so far in 2022 and leads the AL with 200 OPS+. Amazingly, he has batted just 15 times with 28 walks in 197 plate appearances.

4. Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, Angels (5 first place votes)
MVP ratings: 2.1-1

The Halos’ two-way superstar has begun to take it up on the offensive end, producing seven home runs, 20 RBIs and a .918 OPS in his last 24 games, and is coming off a month in which he posted an ERA of 2.88 and scored a 33-to-5 K/BB ratio in 25 innings on the mound. As long as he stays healthy, the reigning AL MVP is unlikely to drop out of this year’s race.

5. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Socks
MVP ratings: 20-1

Trevor Story gets plenty of credit for Boston’s offensive resurgence in May, but Devers remains the team’s key hitter. The third baseman hit .381 with eight homers and 1.133 OPS last month and leads the MLB with 127 total bases.

Others receiving votes: Yordan Alvarez, Tim Anderson, JD Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Taylor Ward, Ty France, Kevin Gausman, Xander Bogaerts, Byron Buxton, Alek Manoah, George Springer, Justin Verlander, Liam Hendriks, Martín Pérez, Shane McClanahan, Trevor Story, Wander Franco

1. Mookie Betts, OF, Dodgers (27 votes in first place)
MVP ratings: 3.1-1

After earning the 10th most vote points in the NL in our most recent MVP poll, Betts has jumped to the top. The outfielder was virtually unstoppable in May, hitting .342/.411/.746 with 27 RBIs and 31 runs scored in 28 games while setting a career personal best for homers in a calendar month at 12. If Betts wins the NL MVP this year, he will join Hall of Famer Frank Robinson as the only player to receive MVP honors in both leagues, having previously won the AL MVP in 2018.

2. Manny Machado, 3B, Padres (20 first place votes)
MVP ratings: 2.9-1

Machado, the NL leader in our first MVP poll of the season, finished slightly behind Betts this time around after hitting just one homer in his last 21 games in May. However, Machado still leads all players in both FanGraphs and baseball reference wins over backup, and he owns a .347/.426/.563 slash line on the season that matches his plus defense at third base comes along. With Machado’s help, San Diego has gone into 2022 to a 99-win record despite losing zero games from shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals (6 first place votes)
MVP ratings: 6.5-1

Goldschmidt has carved his way into the NL MVP conversation with a sustained 22-game hitting streak in which he hit 39 to 89 (.438) with nine homers, 13 doubles, 32 RBIs and 1,367 OPS. The first baseman now leads the NL in hits (64), total bases (114), batting average (.352), slugging percentage (.626), and OPS (1.049).

4. Pete Alonso, 1B, Mets (4 first place votes)
MVP ratings: 12-1

A year after ranked 27th in runs per game (3.93), the Mets are scoring the second-highest clipped runs (5.22) in the major leagues this season and have a 10 1/2 game lead in the NL East . tied for third largest division lead entering June in division era (since 1969). Alonso was at the center of it all, leading the team with 13 homers and the NL with 47 RBIs while posting an .894 OPS. Alonso and shortstop Francisco Lindor, who finished sixth in the NL, have featured in every game this season.

5. Bryce Harper, OF, Phillies
MVP ratings: 9.5-1

The reigning NL MVP was relegated to the designated hitter duty due to a cruciate ligament tear in his right elbow, but that hasn’t affected his offense in the slightest. Despite his team struggling, Harper is batting .303 in 45 games with 10 home runs, 32 RBIs, six steals and .943 OPS.

Others receiving votes: Francisco Lindor, Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman, Josh Hader (1 first voice), Juan Soto (1 first voice), CJ Cron, Tommy Edman, Trea Turner, Joe Musgrove, Sandy Alcantara, Corbin Burnes, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Josh Bell , Matt Olson, Pablo Lopez, Willson Contreras

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