NL MVP Rankings: Should Matt Kemp Look over His Shoulder for Carlos Beltran?

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NL MVP Rankings: Should Matt Kemp Look over His Shoulder for Carlos Beltran?
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Matt Kemp's 0-for-5 on Wednesday knocked his batting average below .400 for the first time this season.

Could a race actually be developing among MVP contenders in the National League?

Just a week ago, such a thought was inconceivable. And maybe it still should be. It's not like Matt Kemp is in a slump. He had one bad game on Wednesday, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts versus the San Francisco Giants.

Kemp still leads in two of the three Triple Crown categories in the NL. But his peers are beginning to catch up. Maybe this won't quite be the runaway race we originally thought it would be. Obviously, so much can happen over the next five months.

A more interesting MVP race certainly wouldn't be a bad thing. But at this point, it's up to the rest of the league to catch Kemp. It's still his award to lose.

However, a couple of recent developments might make Kemp more vulnerable. If he falters, here are four other candidates who could give him a run for NL MVP.

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