3 Dark Horses That Could Win the 2020 NL MVP Award

Mike Esposito
Darkhorse 2020 NL MVP Candidates include San Diego Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr.
Darkhorse 2020 NL MVP Candidates include San Diego Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. / Denis Poroy/Getty Images
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There are several elite players in the National League that are perennial NL MVP Award candidates in what is already shaping up to be a tight race this year. However, there are a few emerging players that, with great seasons in 2020, could wrest MVP honors from the likes of Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, or Mookie Betts by the end of the year.

With that in mind, here are three dark horse candidates, whose odds are according to FanDuel Sportsbook, that can win the 2020 NL MVP Award.

3. Jacob deGrom, SP, New York Mets: (+4000)

Jacob deGrom posted a 2.43 ERA for the New York Mets in the 2019 season.
Jacob deGrom posted a 2.43 ERA for the New York Mets in the 2019 season. / Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

With another dominant season in 2020, Jacob deGrom is already the betting favorite to win a third consecutive NL Cy Young Award in 2020. However, with a little more luck, he could snag NL MVP honors as well. The 31-year-old ace has been just about as dominant as a pitcher can be over the last two years, sporting a ridiculous 2.05 ERA and 0.94 WHIP since 2018 (64 starts). No matter how great they may be, pitchers rarely get any love from MVP voters, which is why it makes sense that deGrom sports +4000 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, if he puts in another dominant season and the Mets can give him enough run support to significantly increase his win total in 2020 (21 total wins since 2018), the two-time Cy Young Award winner could warrant heavy MVP consideration by the end of the year.

2. Eugenio Suarez, 3B, Cincinnati Reds: (+3000)

Eugenio Suarez's 49 home runs were the the second most homers in the MLB last season.
Eugenio Suarez's 49 home runs were the the second most homers in the MLB last season. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

If it wasn't for Cody Bellinger, Eugenio Suarez would have made a serious run at the NL MVP in 2019. The 28-year-old slugger had an unreal year for the Cincinnati Reds and finished tied for 15th in NL MVP voting in 2019, slashing .271/.358/.572 with a ridiculous 49 homers and 103 RBI. A repeat performance of this caliber is a tough ask, but if Suarez can put together a third consecutive 30-homer, 100-RBI season while leading a revamped Reds' ball club to its first postseason appearance since the 2013 season, don't be surprised if he's firmly in the MVP conversation come season's end.

1. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres: (+2500)

Fernando Tatis Jr. posted a .317 batting average for the San Diego Padres last season.
Fernando Tatis Jr. posted a .317 batting average for the San Diego Padres last season. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images

Fernando Tatis Jr. took the Major League's by storm in 2019 and may have actually gotten a few MVP votes had he not suffered a season-ending stress reaction in his back. The 21-year-old shortstop was a wizard in the field and dominated at the plate as rookie, slashing .317/.379/.590 with 22 homers, 53 RBI and 16 stolen bases in just 84 games played. If he can stay healthy for a full season, Tatis should be a 30-30 candidate heading into the year, and if he can maintain his rookie season production across the entire 2020 season, don't be surprised if his MVP odds skyrocket throughout the year.


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