Baseball in Chicago is at its peak with both the White Sox and the Cubs in first place in each division, having a spot in the postseason and having MVP candidates. Ian Happ for the Cubs, then Tim Anderson and Jose Abreau for the White Sox, have been leading their teams in the shortened season.
Before the season, people would have guessed Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, or Willson Contreras to be considered for MVP, but instead, it’s Happ. For the White Sox, they knew Anderson and Abreu were stars, but to be legit MVP candidates, it takes their team to another level.
The Cubs have been struggling at the plate all season, but only two players have been consistent and that’s been Jason Heyward and Happ. Unlike Heyward, Happ has been slugging the ball as he leads the team in doubles, home runs, RBIs, total bases, walks, slugging, and OPS. Happ trails Heyward in batting average and OBP.
TheWhite Sox have had no problem hitting the ball this season, especially Anderson and Abreu. The White Sox shortstop is fifth in the league in batting average, then leads the team in runs, OBP, and OPS. Also, Anderson is second on the team in hits, doubles, and steals. Abreu leads the White Sox in hits, doubles, total bases, RBIs, and slugging, but is second on the team in batting average (among those who qualify), runs, and WAR.
Even though these Chicago hitters have been hot, there are other players in the league that have been playing at an incredible level. In the NL there’s been Fernando Tatis Jr., Mookie Betts, and Trea Turner. In the AL there’s Mike Trout, Shane Bieber, and Nelson Cruz.
If Happ, Anderson, or Abreu can’t bring home the MVP to Chicago, that’s fine. Happ has been the most valuable bat for the Cubs and has been the workhorse in their offense, while Anderson and Abreu have been leading one of the hottest teams in baseball.