Top 10 NL MVP Candidates At All-Star Break

Top 10 NL MVP Candidates At The All-Star Break

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Some familiar names and some players' breakout seasons have created a clear picture of the NL MVP race that's shaping up. Based on performances over the first half, here's how that MVP race looks with just over two months left in the season.

10. 1B Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

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10. 1B Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

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.275 batting average
20 Home Runs
49 RBI

Anthony Rizzo doesn't quite have the overall hitting prowess of some of the other contenders, but his power numbers are up with the best in the National League. In his breakout season, Rizzo is just behind Giancarlo Stanton by one home run for the league lead in home runs.

9. OF Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies

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9. OF Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies

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.306 batting average
14 Home Runs
52 RBI

Charlie Blackmon is having one of the most surprising seasons in baseball this year. Playing for a high-powered offensive attack in Colorado, Blackmon has been really impressive and deserves to at least be in the MVP discussion at this point.

8. 3B Todd Frazier - Cincinnati Reds

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8. 3B Todd Frazier - Cincinnati Reds

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.290 batting average
19 Home Runs
53 RBI

This has been a breakout year for Todd Frazier, who is an All-Star this season. He was the runner-up in this season's Home Run Derby, and he's letting the league know that he's here to stay for the long haul.

7. 1B Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves

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7. 1B Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves

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.295 batting average
13 Home Runs
52 RBI

Freddie Freeman was in the MVP discussion last season, and he belongs there again this year. His power numbers are down, but it's always impressive when you're hovering around a .300 batting average. At his age, Freeman seems primed to compete for MVP titles for years to come.

6. OF Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers

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6. OF Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers

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.309 batting average
12 Home Runs
52 RBI

Yasiel Puig has picked up where he left off last season. While being one of the most electric players in the league, he has also been one of the most productive. If he can put up some monster numbers down the stretch, he could get right into the thick of the race.

5. OF Carlos Gomez - Milwaukee Brewers

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5. OF Carlos Gomez - Milwaukee Brewers

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.304 batting average
14 Home Runs
48 RBI

His run production is down, but Carlos Gomez is one of the best players in terms of tools in the entire league. He can hit, run and hit for power, which is rare in today's MLB. That's one of the many reasons he deserves to be in the MVP discussion.

4. OF Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins

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4. OF Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins

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.295 batting average
21 Home Runs
63 RBI

Standing at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, young Giancarlo Stanton leads the NL in home runs with 21. He's also driving runs in at an amazing rate, so he's on a short list of serious candidates for the award in 2014.

3. 1B Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks

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3. 1B Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks

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.308 batting average
16 Home Runs
61 RBI

Even playing for the lowly Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt has produced runs at a high rate this season. He's still on pace for a great season and the fact that he should've won the award last season could factor in down the stretch.

2. OF Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates

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2. OF Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates

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.324 batting average
17 Home Runs
61 RBI

Andrew McCutchen won the award last season and it's very difficult to win back-to-back MVPs, but he's making a solid case for it this season. One of the most productive hitters in all of baseball, McCutchen could pull off the difficult feat.

1. SS Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies

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1. SS Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies

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.345 batting average
21 Home Runs
52 RBI

Troy Tulowitzki has been out of his mind at the plate this season. He leads the NL in batting average and is tied for the home run lead. If he can stay healthy, he has a shot at the Triple Crown, and at this point, he is the league's clear MVP.

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