MLB: Top 10 NL MVP Candidates
As we are approximately 40% through the 2011 MLB season, some of the National League's top talents have put up staggering numbers that placed them in the discussion for the NL MVP. Although some of these superstars do not play for competitive teams, their numbers are still well-worthy of the prestigious award. With that said, here are the Top 10 NL MVP candidates at this point in the season.
10. Albert Pujols
While The Machine's numbers are down this year, they are still strong. He is in the Top 10 in the National League in both home runs (14) and RBI (40) while posting an outstanding .348 OBP. If he keeps up his current offense, he is on pace for a clip of .274/34/99. Those are stats that have him just cracking the list of MVP candidates.
9. Gaby Sanchez
Gaby Sanchez has put together another outstanding season following a superb rookie campaign. He currently stands at seventh in hits, 14th in home runs, ninth in RBI, and eighth in total bases in National League. He has been a fantastic cleanup hitter for the Marlins offense and is on pace to finish with a clip of .312/27/103.
8. Joey Votto
The reigning National League Most Valuable Player is having another outstanding season in 2011. He currently ranks third in the league in AVG, 15th in RBI, first in OBP and fifth in hits. He has led the Reds to another contending season, and he is on pace to post a clip of .339/19/95.
7. Lance Berkman
The Big Puma has come back from the dead to post terrific numbers this season. He has put himself in the MVP conversation with an amazing April and stayed afloat in recent months. Berkman has made up for Pujols' early struggles with his fantastic play.
He currently sits fourth in home runs, fifth in RBI and eighth in AVG in the National League. That puts him in contention for not only the MVP award, but for the Triple Crown. At this pace, Berkman would finish with aclip of . 317/39.114.
6. Jay Bruce
Jay Bruce is having a ridiculously good season. He has hit better than his teammate Joey Votto and has led one of the most explosive lineups in the National League. He currently is third in home runs, fifth in RBI, fifth in total bases, 14th in hits and sixth in runs in the league. If he continues his current tear, he will finish with the line of .293/41/117.
5. Hunter Pence
Despite playing for one of its weakest teams, Hunter Pence is among the best hitters in the National League. He is in the 10 10 in both AVG and RBI, and is on pace to post a fantastic clip of .318/19/114. Those numbers are well-worthy of taking home the NL MVP.
4. Ryan Braun
The man who currently leads the National League in All-Star votes is producing ridiculous numbers. He has helped lead Milwaukee to first place in the NL Central and is one of just two players currently in the Top 10 in the league in AVG, home runs, and RBI.
At his current pace, Braun would finish the season with a clip of .309/36/120.
3. Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes is definitely not distracted by the trade rumors surrounding him. He has led the Mets offense and made them a pretty decent team, showing us once again that he is the most exciting player in the MLB. He currently ranks first in AVG, first in hits, third in runs, fifth in doubles, first in triples, third in total bases and first in multi-hit games. He is well worthy of the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
2. Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder is making his last season in Milwaukee one to remember in leading them to first place in the NL Central. He has been on fire lately and currently sits at second in HR, first in RBI and 14th in AVG in the league.
At his current pace, Fielder would post the ridiculous line of .305/48/148. Those are numbers that will win you the prestigious award in nearly any year.
1. Matt Kemp
Words can not describe how amazing Matt Kemp's season has been. Without him, the Dodgers lineup might be among the worst in baseball. He has rebounded from a disappointing 2010 campaign and has turned into the most dangerous hitter in the National League.
Kemp currently ranks first in HR, second in RBI, first in total bases, third in AVG, fourth in OBP, first in SLG, third in hits, seventh in runs and sixth in stolen bases. He is currently on pace to have the final clip of .331/47/137 while also scoring 105 runs and stealing 34 bases. Matt Kemp is not vying for only the National League MVP, but for the National League Triple Crown.