This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
As I typically do in the final Regan's Rumblings column, this week I'll hand out some hardware and look toward 2018.
National League MVP
1 - Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
2 - Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
3 - Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA
There is no real obvious candidate this year in the NL. Kris Bryant leads the league with a 6.8 WAR, but he's hit just .241 with RISP, leading to a relatively low 73 RBI. I'll go a bit outside the box and take Blackmon. All he's done this year is bat .326/.394/.599 with 36 homers, 97 RBI, 13 steals, and a league-leading 134 runs. He's also played above-average defense in CF. I get the Coors factor argument against him, as he's hit a mortal .280/.338/.447 on the road, but the overall numbers are staggering enough that you can't avoid having him as a candidate. Rendon has a .933 OPS and should give Arenado a run for his money in the Gold Glove voting, while Arenado himself leads the league with 127 RBI. It's also tough to ignore the 57 home runs from Stanton, but does that make him an MVP? Leaving Paul Goldschmidt out of the top-three feels wrong, but it is what it is.
American League MVP
1 - Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
2 - Aaron Judge, OF, NYY
3 - Jose Ramirez, 3B, CLE
After hitting just .185 with three home runs in August, Judge is making a massive push