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Early MLB Awards: Every Team’s Top MVP Candidate After One Month

Every MLB Team's MVP Candidate After One Month

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With one month of the MLB season already passing by us, it's time to look at the top performers from each team. The guys on this list are either the reason their team is experiencing success or the reason their team isn't the worst in the league. For the guy on this list who's team is actually the worst in the league -- he can only do so much.

Let's take a look at each team's MVP candidate after one month of play.

Baltimore Orioles: Nelson Cruz

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Baltimore Orioles: Nelson Cruz

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Nelson Cruz has been a great pickup for the Orioles as he's been blasting home runs and driving in runs in large numbers this season.

2014 Stats: .280 AVG, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 24 Runs, .345 OBP

Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz

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Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz

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David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, has been doing his best to ensure the Red Sox have a solid chance to get back to the World Series.

2014 Stats: .287 AVG, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 19 Runs, .384 OBP

New York Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka

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New York Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka

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Coming over from Japan, not many people knew what to expect from the Yankees' new ace, but he has shown that expectations should have been very high.

2014 Stats: 5-0, 2.57 ERA, 58 K, 1.00 WHIP in 49.0 innings

Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle

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Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle

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Mark Buehrle has been playing like the Buehrle of old when he was with the White Sox. Many would say that Melky Cabrera or Jose Bautista are the MVPs of this team in 2014 thus far, but just check Mark's stats.

2014 Stats: 7-1, 2.04 ERA, 31 K, 1.25 WHIP in 53.0 innings

Tampa Bay Rays: James Loney

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Tampa Bay Rays: James Loney

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Tampa Bay has struggled this season and finds itself in last place in the AL East. James Loney leads the team in batting average, however, and he is the only batter who has been consistent this season.

2014 Stats: .317 AVG, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 15 Runs, 1 SB, .386 OBP

Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez

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Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez

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Victor Martinez has had quite the breakout year for the Tigers. While Victor has always been one of the better hitters in the league, but nobody expected him to return from a serious injury from a couple years ago quite like he has this season.

2014 Stats: .336 AVG, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 17 Runs, 1 SB, .384 OBP

Kansas City Royals: Yordano Ventura

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Kansas City Royals: Yordano Ventura

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This guy is one of the best young pitchers in baseball today and, well, nobody really talks about him. Quite a shame.

2014 Stats: 2-2, 2.34 ERA, 44 K, 1.11 WHIP in 42.1 innings

Minnesota Twins: Kurt Suzuki

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Minnesota Twins: Kurt Suzuki

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Joe Mauer used to be the big catcher in town, but now that he's getting too old and injury-prone to be a catcher, Kurt Suzuki is the new guy in charge -- and he's excelling.

2014 Stats: .314 AVG, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 8 Runs, .390 OBP

Chicago White Sox: Alexei Ramirez

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Chicago White Sox: Alexei Ramirez

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Alexei Ramirez has never really been one to have a high batting average, but the 2014 season has been good to the White Sox shortstop.

2014 Stats: .327 AVG, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 24 Runs, 7 SB, .357 OBP

Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley

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Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley

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The Indians are looking to make their second straight appearance in the playoffs, but they are off to a slow start this season. Michael Brantley, however, has been quite the opposite.

2014 Stats: .278 AVG, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 20 Runs, 4 SB, .340 OBP

Houston Astros: Scott Feldman

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Houston Astros: Scott Feldman

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Scott Feldman missed a few starts this season because of an injury and he's not really a strikeout master, but his ERA is far too impressive to overlook. Plus, the Astros don't have too many MVP candidates.

2014 Stats: 2-1, 1.93 ERA, 15 K, 0.92 WHIP in 32.2 innings

Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout

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Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout

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Mike Trout is on this list as the Angels' MVP strictly because he will be by the end of the season -- even if he hasn't been all that impressive so far in 2014, under his standards.

2014 Stats: .270 AVG, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 25 Runs, 4 SB, .354 OBP

Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez

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Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez

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Felix Hernandez is the best player on the Mariners' roster. Yes, even better than Robinson Cano. Although Cano leads the team in batting average, his power outage has turned fans off and Hernandez is as consistent as any pitcher in the bigs.

2014 Stats: 4-1, 3.03 ERA, 60 K, 1.11 WHIP in 59.1 innings

Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish

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Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish

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Nearly tossing a no-hitter and being the ace of one of the better teams in baseball should be enough to make Yu Darvish the MVP of the Rangers.

2014 Stats: 3-1, 2.33 ERA, 54 K, 1.08 WHIP in 46.1 innings

Oakland Athletics: Sonny Gray

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Oakland Athletics: Sonny Gray

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Sonny Gray has been pitching his way to the top of the American League ERA leaders list this season. Oakland seems to always have good young pitching and Gray is the next on that list.

2014 Stats: 4-1, 2.17 ERA, 43 K, 1.15 WHIP in 54.0 innings

Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez

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Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez

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Carlos Gomez is fiery and he ticks a lot of opponents off, but he can hit the ball and produce with the best of 'em.

2014 Stats: .290 AVG, 9 HR, 21 RBI, 27 Runs, 7 SB, .369 OBP

St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright

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St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright

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Adam Wainwright is one of the league leaders in wins and he's been one of the best pitchers in the league for the past couple of years. He's easily the best performer on the Cardinals this season.

2014 Stats: 6-2, 2.11 ERA, 56 K, 0.97 WHIP in 64.0 innings

Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Cueto

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Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Cueto

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Those people that said not to buy into Johnny Cueto after a few solid starts this season are looking pretty silly right about now.

2014 Stats: 3-2, 1.43 ERA, 68 K, 0.73 WHIP in 63.0 innings

Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen

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The reigning NL MVP has to be on this list because he's doing everything he can to make sure the Pirates aren't completely irrelevant this season.

2014 Stats: .312 AVG, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 19 Runs, 4 SB, .428 OBP

Chicago Cubs: Jeff Samardzija

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Chicago Cubs: Jeff Samardzija

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Jeff Samardzija has to be frustrated with the Cubs this season as he's putting together an incredible stat line, but has yet to record a win because of no run support.

2014 Stats: 0-3, 1.45 ERA, 45 K, 1.05 WHIP in 56.0 innings

Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig

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Puigmania is continuing into 2014 and no one is really complaining. It's seems Yasiel was anything but a one-season wonder as he leads the World Series favorite Dodgers in batting average.

2014 Stats: .326 AVG, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 19 Runs, 4 SB, .417 OBP

Colorado Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki

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Colorado Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki

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Troy Tulowitzki is having the epitome of an MVP-type season and I wouldn't be surprised if he was in the race until the end.

2014 Stats: .394 AVG, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 37 Runs, .497 OBP

San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey

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San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey

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Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants are back with a vengeance in 2014 and the rest of the league should be very, very worried.

2014 Stats: .297 AVG, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 17 Runs, .392 OBP

San Diego Padres: Andrew Cashner

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San Diego Padres: Andrew Cashner

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Andrew Cashner has started the season off very strong, but because of the lack of run support, his record has not yet reflected that.

2014 Stats: 2-5, 2.67 ERA, 47 K, 1.22 WHIP in 57.1 innings

Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt

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Paul Goldschmidt has been an MVP candidate for a few seasons now and it looks like he will be one in 2014 as well -- that is, if his Diamondbacks can climb out of the gutter.

2014 Stats: .324 AVG, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 30 Runs, 3 SB, .371 OBP

Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman

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Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman

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Freddie Freeman is the best young player that the Braves have. Even though you could make a case for a few other guys on this team -- like a couple starting pitchers -- Freeman has been one of the main sources of offense.

2014 Stats: .308 AVG, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 22 Runs, .382 OBP

Washington Nationals: Adam LaRoche

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Washington Nationals: Adam LaRoche

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Adam LaRoche is filling in nicely on offense for the Nationals who were desperate to find someone to replace the production of Bryce Harper.

2014 Stats: .319 AVG, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 18 Runs, .421 OBP

Miami Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton

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Miami Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton

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Giancarlo would be my pick for MVP right now, but it's unfortunate that starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has to be sidelined for the year because it looks like Miami no longer has a fighter's chance in the NL East.

2014 Stats: .312 AVG, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 27 Runs, 4 SB, .398 OBP

New York Mets: Jonathon Niese

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New York Mets: Jonathon Niese

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Jonathan Niese has been dominating National League batters this season and people are starting to forget Matt Harvey -- well, sort of.

2014 Stats: 2-2, 2.17 ERA, 36 K, 1.07 WHIP in 45.2 innings

Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley

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Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley

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Chase Utley has been a man on fire this season. His career has seen a bit of a resurgence in 2014 as he has picked up his offense tremendously.

2014 Stats: .338 AVG, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 Runs, 1 SB, .399 OBP

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