Who will be World Series MVP? The leader at every moment of the Fall Classic so far

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Who is going to win MVP honors in the World Series?

We don’t know! But after five games of a back-and-forth Fall Classic, we can start to narrow down the candidates. Hopefully, it will help set the stage for a memorable finish for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays.

On his website last week, baseball writer Bill James was asked by one of his readers whether he had attempted to create a postseason version of his win shares metric. He hasn’t, but in explaining that, James hit upon the chief difference between selecting the MVP of a season as opposed to a playoff series, or even a single game. To paraphrase James: When you are talking about a series, it’s not so much what you do as when you do it.

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