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3 AL MVP Candidates Who Aren't Getting Enough Love

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 05: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates scoring a run in the third inning with Xander Bogaerts #2 while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 05, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the 2019 MLB season reaching the halfway point, fans and analysts are giving their early predictions for the annual year-end awards. In terms of the National League, it's a two-man race between Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger for MVP.

In the American League, it's an open competition for the MVP award. Mike Trout and DJ LeMahieu are the early favorites, but there are plenty of other quality options who aren't getting enough love.

Here are three AL MVP candidates that fit the bill.

3. Carlos Santana

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 09: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians participates in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 09, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
2019 MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard | Jason Miller/Getty Images

Carlos Santana is the epitome of a sleeper candidate for the AL MVP award. While the Indians first baseman doesn't have the home runs and RBI like Mike Trout, he ranks at the top in other categories. Santana has the second-best on-base percentage (.407) and third-highest OPS (.943) in the American League. Carlos Santana is doing what he does best, and that's get on base. If the Tribe advances in the playoffs after capturing the Central, keep an eye on him.

2. Rafael Devers

BOSTON, MA - JULY 13: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first base for an out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning at Fenway Park on July 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox | Rich Gagnon/Getty Images

Talk about a bounce-back year for the Boston Red Sox young third baseman. With the Sox battling up from the middle of the AL East standings, many are missing out on the ridiculous season that Devers has had (including those who watched the All-Star Game. Devers has recorded 73 RBI (third in AL) on a .325 batting average (second in AL) and .942 OPS (fourth in AL). But, of course, he has some competition from his fellow teammate.

1. Xander Bogaerts

BOSTON, MA - JULY 14: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park on July 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox | Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

That's right, the Boston Red Sox have two AL MVP candidates this season, and they're not Mookie Betts or JD Martinez. It's Devers and Xander Bogaerts. The Boston shortstop has tallied 74 RBI (second in AL) on a .315 batting average (fourth in AL) and .975 OPS (second in AL). Check out some Red Sox games, just for the friendly battle for AL MVP between Devers and Bogaerts.