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Michael Brantley continues dominating, leads World Series MVP race

The Nationals cannot stop Michael Brantley, and he may ride that to World Series MVP.

Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley hits a single during the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros got a huge win in Game 4, beating the Washington National 8-1. Houston started Jose Urquidy and rather than turning this into a bullpen game, he went five innings and gave up no runs. The Astros bullpen gave up one run in the sixth, but otherwise kept the Nationals from taking advantage of numerous instances of men in scoring position.

Alex Bregman keyed the rout for Houston, hitting a seventh inning grand slam to turn a 4-1 game into the eventual 8-1 final result. The Nationals had the bases loaded with one out in the prior inning but could only manage one run. That coupled with the grand slam turned this one into a laugher.

The series is guaranteed a return to Houston with the two sides even heading into Game 5. We get the Game 1 starters back in action on Sunday, with Max Scherzer starting for the Nationals and Gerrit Cole starting for the Astros. Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander will square off in Houston on Tuesday.

We’re back for another look at the MVP candidates with a top ten power ranking. DraftKings Sportsbook posted World Series MVP odds prior to first pitch, and we’ll spend the remainder of this series tracking how players perform game-by-game and how it impacts the eventual MVP award. We broke down what the race looked like after Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3.

The change in circumstances has the Astros now dominating the rankings. Michael Brantley is having a heck of a series, hitting .471 with two RBIs and three runs scored. He tops the list ahead of unexpected addition Robinson Chirinos. After two quiet games in Houston, he has had a pair of critical home runs in DC. In Game 3, he hit a solo home run off Anibal Sanchez to turn a 3-1 game into a 4-1 game. In Game 4, he hit a two-run shot off Patrick Corbin to turn a 2-0 game into a 4-0 game.

1. Michael Brantley (+2000)
2. Robinson Chirinos (+8000)
3. Alex Bregman (+1000)
4. Jose Altuve (+1000)
5. Justin Verlander (+750)
6. Max Scherzer (+1300)
7. Sean Doolittle (+6600)
8. Gerrit Cole (+650)
9. Juan Soto (+1400)
10. Robert Osuna (+10000)