World Series 2019 MVP Predictions: Astros' Alex Bregman and Nationals' Anthony Rendon the Main Favorites for Award

Alex Bregman is the Las Vegas favorite to be the MVP of the World Series.

According to bookmakers, the Houston Astros third baseman is a 91/100 favorite to win the Willie Mays Award this year, with Washington Nationals' third baseman Anthony Rendon second-favorite at 11/10.

"Both Bregman and Rendon are third basemen, the two best in the sport at the moment and this looks like one of the most exciting match-ups and races for World Series MVP in decades," said Alex Donohue, betting industry expert at Bet-PA.com.

"It's overwhelmingly likely to be a fielder who wins the coveted award. Both had their best seasons in 2019, setting career highs in most offensive categories and carrying their teams to the Fall Classic."

According to FanGraphs data, the 2019 World Series will statistically be one of the best Fall Classics ever in terms of third basemen.

Bregman has totaled 8.5 Wins Above Replacement this year, while Rendon has 7.0, marking the first time a World Series features a pair of third basemen with at least seven WAR since 1980.

Back then, the Philadelphia Phillies Mike Schmidt led the National League with 9.0 WAR, while George Brett ranked first in the American League with 9.1.

Both players enjoyed their best-ever campaigns in the MLB this season.

With 41 and 112 respectively, Bregman led the Astros in home runs and RBI this season, and ranked first in the majors with 119 walks.

The 25-year-old hit .296/.423/.592 this season and is locked in a two-horse race with Mike Trout to be named the American League MVP for the season.

Given the Los Angeles Angels star missed the last three weeks of the regular season with an injury, few would be surprised if Bregman took the award next month.

The second overall pick of the 2015 MLB draft, Bregman has been just as impressive in the postseason thus far, hitting .257/.435/.429 with four extra-base hits, 10 walks and 10 runs.

With Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa spending a combined 111 games on the injury list this season, Bregman showed remarkable versatility by playing 59 of his 150 defensive starts at shortstop.

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros throws out the runner against the New York Yankees during the first inning in game six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19 in Houston, Texas. Elsa/Getty

Astros manager A.J. Hinch was impressed with Bregman's adaptability and praised his performances.

"He just slid over to shortstop like it was nothing. And you don't find players that can do that," Hinch was quoted as saying by the Houston Chronicle last month.

"I know it doesn't seem like there's much difference between third and short, but there's a tremendous amount of difference."

Rendon, meanwhile, has been similarly impressive, leading the majors with 126 RBI and ranking first in the National League with 44 doubles.

Few teams in the majors crush the ball as much as the Nationals, who scored the second-most runs in the National League this season and have been kept scoreless just once in the postseason so far.

Rendon has been crucial to Washington's scoring spree and the upcoming World Series will be particularly special for him.

Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals at bat in the first inning of game four of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park on October 7 in Washington, DC. Will Newton/Getty

The 29-year-old was born in Houston, went to high school in the city and then attended college at Rice University.

"I watched him swing and saw [Hank] Aaron and [Ernie] Banks," Rice University coach Wayne Graham told MLB.com earlier this week.

"He's got a natural bat speed. Defensively, he's one of the best third basemen you'll see at fielding bunts."

Rendon, who is hitting is hitting .375/.465/.594 with five extra-base hits and seven RBI, is 9-for-20 in previous appearances at Minute Maid Park.

Whatever the outcome of the World Series Rendon will be one of the offseason's most sought-after free agents as he is set to hit the open market for the first time in his career.

Last week, Andy McCullough of The Athletic indicated the Los Angeles Dodgers—who lost to the Nationals 3-2 in the National League Division Series—could be among the teams in the race for the 29-year-old.

Bregman will have a quieter offseason after the Astros secured his services through his arbitration years and an additional two seasons.

Houston signed up his star third baseman to a five-year deal worth $100 million, which is due to become effective next year.