Chicago Cubs players up for several regular season awards

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Sep 26, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates with the fans after a clinching wild card playoff berth at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

NL Most Valuable Player: Anthony Rizzo

At the end of August, Sports Insight gave Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo the sixth best chance of winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Since these oddsmakers created these odds, he slashed .257/.380/.460. Are these sub par numbers enough to eliminate him from any MVP discussions? Maybe, but they don’t take away from everything that Rizzo has done for this team this season.

Rizzo has been the rock in the middle of the Cubs lineup. He hasn’t averaged less than .250 for a single month this season. While other teammates slumped, Rizzo remained solid, carrying the offense for long stretches at times. Overall this season, he slashed .279/.389/.516 with 31 home runs and 99 RBIs.

While this may not be the year that Rizzo wins National League MVP, his value to this team this season can’t be understated.

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