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Updated Top 5 Candidates For 2014 NL MVP

Updated Top 5 Candidates For 2014 NL MVP

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The MVP award is always one of the most discussed and debated awards in the MLB because it doesn't always go to the "most valuable" player, but it often goes to the best player. Last year, they got it right with Andrew McCutchen, and this year these five candidates are the most important players on their teams.

5. Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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5. Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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Yasiel Puig has certainly grown up in his second year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's still a liability sometimes, but he more than makes up for it with his glove, bat and arm. Puig is fifth in the National League with a .310 batting average, and he has 13 homeruns and 57 RBIs.

4. Clayton Kershaw

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4. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw
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Pitchers don't often win the MVP awards, but it has happened before, and as recently as 2011 when Justin Verlander won it. Clayton Kershaw is putting up video game numbers this season. He's 14.2 with and ERA under 1.80; he's unhittable and the unquestioned ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers' staff. It's suffice to say that the Dodgers aren't where they are without him.

3. Jonathon Lucroy

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3. Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathon Lucroy
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The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the more surprising teams this season, as they lead NL Central by two games; this is because of performances this season similar to Jonathan Lucroy's. Playing the toughest, and arguably the most important position on the field, Lucroy has had a career season hitting .303 with 12 homeruns and 53 RBIs.

2. Andrew McCutchen

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2. Andrew McCutchen

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Andrew McCutchen is making a bid for back-to-back MVPs, and if he leads the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs, he may very well do so. He is batting .311 on the season with 17 homeruns and 67 RBIs. He just gets better and better every year.

1. Giancarlo Stanton

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1. Giancarlo Stanton

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Giancarlo Stanton may not be playing on a winning baseball team, but he is having the best year of anyone in the National League. He leads the league in homeruns with 31 and RBIs with 83. He's also hitting .292 this year, proving he's not just a power hitter. He has a WAR of 5.9, and he is the MVP of the NL.