NL MVP Rankings: Carlos Gonzalez Debuts, Joey Votto Ascends to Top

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NL MVP Rankings: Carlos Gonzalez Debuts, Joey Votto Ascends to Top
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Carlos Gonzalez is taking on an MVP look with his recent home run surge.

This week brings us a new front-runner in our National League Most Valuable Player rankings.

There was going to be a new No. 1 regardless, as I took being fair to Matt Kemp as far as I could. But with him already missing two weeks and set to miss at least four more with his strained left hamstring, he's simply not playing enough to be considered anymore. Something else to consider is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been winning a decent amount of games without him. 

But everyone didn't just move up one spot in the updated rankings. There's been some shuffling at the top as well. And we also have one new player to fill Kemp's spot among the top five NL MVP candidates.

Of course, if you believe other players that should be among the five NL MVP contenders or you think the rankings should be in a different order, please offer your suggestions in the comments. In the meantime, here is how our NL MVP rankings look this week.

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