- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The National League MVP will likely be either a Washington National or a former Washington National. 

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the finalists for its end-of-season awards, and the three finalists for NL MVP are Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and former Nationals star and current Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper. 

Sportsbetting.ag released its odds for the awards, and Soto and Harper are tied at -110. Tatis is a long shot at +1,200.

Another online betting site, FanDuel, gives Harper the edge over both Soto and Tatis.

Soto led NL position players in wins above replacement at 7.0. In his age-22 season, Soto hit .313 with an NL-best .465 on-base percentage. He led the league in walks with 145 — a number only reached by 11 other players in MLB history — and also tallied 29 home runs and 95 RBIs. 

Harper, meanwhile, had his best offensive season since his MVP campaign with the Nationals in 2015. He hit .309 with 35 homers and 42 doubles for a league-leading .615 slugging percentage. 

Two other former Nationals are up for awards, as Max Scherzer is a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award and former skipper Dusty Baker is up for AL Manager of the Year.

Scherzer, who pitched the first half of the season in Washington before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, is in the Cy Young mix with Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler and Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes, with Wheeler considered the favorite.

The winners will be announced next week, with the MVP announcement on Nov. 18. 

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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