Dodgers All-Star right fielder Cody Bellinger has been ridiculous so far in 2019. On Twitter, MLB Polls is running a vote asking “Who is the first half NL MVP?”
Who is the first half NL MVP?
— MLB Polls (@Polls4MLB) July 8, 2019
With Cody Bellinger, Max Scherzer, or Christian Yelich as the options, Belli is finding himself pacing the pack early on with more than 70% of the vote.
Bellinger just completed a historic first half for the Dodgers posting a .336/.432/.692 slash line to go along with 30 home runs (a Dodger first-half record), and 71 RBI in 88 games. Moreover, he’s accumulated a 6.6 bWAR, good for the top spot baseball.
Yelich, the reigning NL MVP battled through some back issues to post a .329/.433/.707 slash line, along with a league leading 31 home runs and 67 RBI in 82 games.
And Scherzer leads baseball in strikeouts, and the national league in innings pitched, while recording a 9-5 record with a 2.30 ERA in 19 starts. He also broke his own nose.
The vote seems pretty clear — Cody Bellinger is the true first-half MVP.