2020 MLB awards predictions

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves reacts at the conclusion of Game Two of the National League Wild Card Series against the Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park on October 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves reacts at the conclusion of Game Two of the National League Wild Card Series against the Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park on October 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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Jose Abreu of the White Sox bats against the Athletics.
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Most Valuable Player

National League: Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves 

Because of the shortened-season, the NL MVP award race offers a lot of room for debate. But, in the end, this one will go to Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. Freeman played in all 60 games and put together a phenomenal season at the plate. The first baseman hit an astounding .341/.462/.640 batting line including 13 home runs and 53 RBIs. Freeman also drew 45 walks.

Mookie Betts deserves a runner-up status in this award. While the Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder could not match Freeman’s batting line, he clobbered three more home runs throughout the season. Betts also recorded a higher overall WAR, much in part to his Gold Glove-winning defensive play.

Other finalists: Betts, RF, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres

American League: José Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox 

Much like the NL, the AL MVP award race is a tough one to call. This race reflects more as a 1A-1B race instead of a natural first- and second-place finisher. José Abreu, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, edges out DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees thanks to his display of power at the plate.

While LeMahieu won the outright batting title for both leagues, Abreu recorded nine more home runs (19) and 33 more RBIs (60). The first baseman finished with a .317/.370/.617 batting line, carrying the White Sox explosive offense throughout the season Chicago edged out a 35-25 overall record and the seventh seed in the AL postseason picture.

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Other finalists: LeMahieu, 2B, New York Yankees, and Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Indians

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Announcement Date: Thursday, November 12th