2021 World Series MVP Prediction

November 2, 2021

With the end of the World Series closing in tonight or tomorrow, it has been quite the series so far. Tonight is game six, and the Braves once again have a chance to close out the series and win the title. Should Houston win, then a game seven in Houston will be quite the ending. Both teams have had their good moments in the series where a few names come to mind for “World Series MVP.”

Let’s check out the front runners from both teams for World Series MVP. Both sides get mentions due to game seven still being possible:

Atlanta Braves MVP Frontrunners

1.) Travis d’Arnaud, Catcher

The last time a catcher won the World Series MVP was in 2015 by Royals catcher Salvador Perez. In this season’s fall classic, d’Arnaud has been hitting nearly everything. d’Arnaud is hitting .350 with two homers, two RBI’s, and seven hits in five games. While Perez did a little of both hitting and defense in his 2015 MVP, d’Arnaud is currently on pace to have the highest batting average by a World Series MVP since David Ortiz in 2013 (.353) should he win it. He would also only be the eighth catcher in World Series history to take home the award.

Overall, d’Arnaud has been one of the biggest sparks for Atlanta, considering they lead the series. d’Arnaud has found a way to keep his bat hot and find his way in for runs. He is the best candidate for the Braves because he has a slugging percentage of .700 and an OPS of 1.050. His numbers all but support the argument that he is one of, if not the best hitter in this series for Atlanta. d’Arnaud is the best MVP frontrunner for this Braves team.

2.) Austin Riley, Third Basemen

Riley is on his tear in the World Series; that is no surprise after how he performed in the regular season. The Braves’ third basemen hit .303 with 33 homers and 107 RBI’s in 160 games this year. In the World Series, Riley has been hitting at an elite level. Riley is batting .381 with eight hits and three RBI’s through the first five games. At one point, Riley was in MVP conversations in the regular season, and now here he is making World Series MVP noise.

Riley has a much lower slugging percentage than d’Arnaud (.524) and a lower OPS (.905). This should not discredit Riley in any way because he is producing very well. If he continues this tonight or even into a game seven, he could have a serious case for MVP.

Houston Astros MVP Frontrunners

1.) Kyle Tucker, Centerfield

Tucker has been one of the few bright sparks for Houston so far. The Astros are no strangers to the World Series, but so far, Atlanta has outplayed them. Tucker has kept Houston in the series with his .333 batting average and six hits. He isn’t scoring the runs with his hitting, but instead, he starts a chain of hits, and he is the run that crosses first.

Tucker has provided a reliable bat in late-inning situations for Houston. Tucker will be relied on tonight in game six and game seven if they can beat Atlanta again. If Houston finds a way to take these seven games and even win the title, Tucker has earned his MVP candidacy.

2.) Yuli Gurriel, First Basemen

Gurriel has been yet another spark for Houston when big names like Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve have struggled. Gurriel is also hitting .333 with six hits, and two RBI’s so far in the series. Houston is in a situation where their role players have needed to step up to keep their heads above water. Atlanta has a tough pitching staff, and Gurriel and Tucker have been those go-to hitters so far.

Gurriel is on a similar stat line to teammate Kyle Tucker that he also now has a bigger role than before. Perform as a slugging hitter and keep the Astros in the game. If Gurriel can keep this pace up, his MVP vote is just as convincing as Tuckers. This is a big game for Houston, and Gurriel will need to step up if Correa and Altuve do not.

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