By Sam Bush

The National League MVP award winner will be announced today at 6:30 on the MLB Network.

And the Phils Bryce Harper is the leader in the clubhouse because:

He almost single-handedly kept the Phillies in contention in the NL East entering the final week of the season.

He batted .309 with 35 home runs, one triple, and 84 RBIs while leading baseball with 42 doubles, a .615 slugging percentage, a 1.044 OPS and a 179 OPS+.

He ranked second in the NL in fWAR (6.6), on-base percentage (.429) and walks (100); third in batting average and outfield assists (10); sixth in home runs and runs (101) and ninth in bWAR (5.9).

He tied for 17th in stolen bases (13). Harper is only the fourth outfielder in baseball history to have at least 100 runs, 100 walks, 40 doubles and 35 home runs in a season. Babe Ruth, Stan Musial and Barry Bonds are the others.

Harper had 49 extra-base hits and 65 walks in the second half. Since the first All-Star Game in 1933, only Jimmie Foxx and Bonds had as many extra-base hits and walks after the break.

Odds To Win 2021 National League MVP
Player Odds Opening Odds
Bryce Harper -110 +1700
Juan Soto -110 +750
Fernando Tatis Jr. +1200 +900

Odds as of November 15 at BetOnline Sportsbook

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