The races for this year’s MVP awards are heating up.
While it’s still far too early to predict a winner and size up the candidates, it’s always fun to take a look at the races and see where certain analysts have the candidates finishing in said races.
Last year, Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt were crowned the MVPs of the American League and National League, respectively.
This year, the races for the MVP awards look slightly different as we move through the month of May.
On Twitter, MLB tweeted a graphic showing the results of a poll taken by MLB.com writers on who will be crowned MVP.
An early look at where the MVP races stand.
Who's your current favorite? pic.twitter.com/JO1RbnQbte
— MLB (@MLB) May 9, 2023
In the National League, Goldschmidt is nowhere to be found on the list.
Instead, it’s Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. standing at the top.
However, his new Braves teammate, catcher Sean Murphy is right behind him.
In the middle of the pack is Luis Arraez.
The reigning American League batting champion was traded to the Miami Marlins for Pablo Lopez and has given the Marlins a little bit of everything this season, picking up right where he left off a year ago with the Minnesota Twins.
Los Angeles Dodgers stars Max Muncy and Mookie Betts round out the list on the National League side.
For the American League, Shohei Ohtani is at the top.
The two-way star earned MVP honors in 2021.
Wander Franco is second on the list.
Matt Chapman sits in the middle while Franco’s Tampa Bay Rays teammate and former Rookie of the Year Randy Arozarena is in the fourth spot.
Rounding out the list is Ohtani’s Los Angeles Angels teammate Mike Trout, who was won three MVPs during his historic career.NEXT: Fans React To Today's Max Scherzer News