2014 MLB Awards: Top 15 NL MVP Candidates Through Two Months

Top 15 NL MVP Candidates

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After two months of MLB play, the MVP candidates from each league are separating themselves from the rest of the pack. The National League has some top MVP candidates that range from catchers to starting pitchers even to a shortstop in the mix.

Let's take a look at the two-month mark MVP candidates from the National League.

15. Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants

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15. Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants

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There's a big reason why the San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball this season -- the solid balance between a solid lineup and potent pitching staff. Michael Morse is playing the best baseball of his career and it's rubbing off on the rest of the team.

2014 Stats: .286 AVG, 13 HR, 41 RBI, .340 OBP

14. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

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14. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

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It's rare to see a catcher as an MVP candidate, but Jonathan Lucroy's numbers are just too solid to overlook. The veteran catcher is one of the main reasons why the Brewers have made a complete turnaround from 2013 to 2014.

2014 Stats: .325 AVG, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 2 SB, .394 OBP

13. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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13. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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Freddie Freeman got paid handsomely this offseason and it seems to have motivated him to become one of the best performers in the National League through the first two months of the season for the first-place Braves.

2014 Stats: .290 AVG, 9 HR, 32 RBI, .382 OBP

12. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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12. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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Will there be a year where Adam Wainwright is not in talks of Cy Young and MVP awards? Probably not anytime soon as the Cardinals' ace is having yet another award-caliber season.

2014 Stats: 8-3, 2.31 ERA, 89 K, 0.89 WHIP

11. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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11. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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The Braves are in first place in the NL East and they have loaded this list with players. Julio Teheran is on pace to have the best season of his career and although it's nearly impossible for pitchers to win MVP, he could make a solid case if he continues his torrid pace.

2014 Stats: 5-3, 1.83 ERA, 66 K, 0.93 WHIP

10. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

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10. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

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If the Arizona Diamondbacks don't improve and make a playoff run, Paul Goldschmidt will no longer be on the MVP candidates list. He's on here because the Diamondbacks still have a chance to turn things around and he is just tearing it up.

2014 Stats: .307 AVG, 11 HR, 44 RBI, 3 SB, .362 OBP

9. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

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9. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

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Justin Upton has shown that he is much more valuable to the Braves than his little brother. However, he is showing the rest of the league that he is more valuable than most players.

2014 Stats: .294 AVG, 13 HR, 33 RBI, 6 SB, .371 OBP

8. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

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8. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Greinke's name isn't brought up enough in conversations of the top pitchers in the league these days. He is a veteran who has won a Cy Young award before and he seems to have lost nothing off his pitches as the entire National League hates going up against him.

2014 Stats: 8-2, 2.50 ERA, 83 K, 1.13 WHIP

7. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

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7. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

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Carlos Gomez is known for having a temper, but he should be known for his stellar play for the first-place Brewers. Partner him with Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy and you have a devastating two-three-four in the batting order for opposing pitchers.

2014 Stats: .306 AVG, 12 HR, 35 RBI, 11 SB, .378 OBP

6. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

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6. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

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Charlie Blackmon has seemingly come out of nowhere to star for the Colorado Rockies. The outfielder has taken the league by storm and people are starting to take notice of his ability to do it all.

2014 Stats: .308 AVG, 11 HR, 39 RBI, 11 SB, .352 OBP

5. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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5. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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Talk about a pitcher who is seeming to get better with age, Tim Hudson is pitching like he's still in his 20s. The veteran pitcher is definitely nearing the end of his career, but don't tell him that.

2014 Stats: 6-2, 1.75 ERA, 50 K, 0.87 WHIP

4. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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4. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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It's hard to believe Giancarlo Stanton hasn't broken the 90 RBI-mark for a single season in his career yet. The 24-year-old superstar outfielder is highly coveted by the rest of the league and could find a new home by the end of the season. One thing is for sure, however, if he stays healthy, he will shatter his previous career-high in RBI.

2014 Stats: .314 AVG, 17 HR, 53 RBI, 5 SB, .407 OBP

3. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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3. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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It's hard to see such a dominant pitcher like Johnny Cueto get no run support from his team and post a record as average as his is. Cueto will hopefully get more run support at the year rolls on and improve his win-loss record drastically before the year is over.

2014 Stats: 5-4, 1.68 ERA, 92 K, 0.76 WHIP

2. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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2. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Yasiel Puig would like you to know that his 2013 season was no fluke and his second year in the league could end with an MVP award win. Puigmania is far from over and he's showing that his talents weren't just a flash in the pan.

2014 Stats: .340 AVG, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 5 SB, .434 OBP

1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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Troy Tulowitzki was hitting nearly .400 for the first month, or so, of the 2014 season before falling back to earth a little bit. He's still dominating the National League and he's proving that he's the best shortstop in the league.

2014 Stats: .358 AVG, 16 HR, 41 RBI, 1 SB, .453 OBP

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