NL MVP Rankings: Carlos Beltran Challenges Joey Votto for No. 1

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NL MVP Rankings: Carlos Beltran Challenges Joey Votto for No. 1
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Will some of Carlos Beltran's hitting magic rub off on his Cardinals teammates?

There's not much change in this week's National League MVP rankings. Actually, if you look at last week's top contenders for the award, you'll see that everyone is in the same place.

However, that doesn't mean each of the five candidates didn't make any sort of push. Of the five NL MVP contenders we listed last week, virtually all of them put up impressive numbers at the plate. 

Unfortunately for those outside our top five, no one could shove their way in. So the Brewers' Ryan Braun, Phillies' Carlos Ruiz and Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton remain honorable mentions. NL RBI leader Andre Ethier and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen also deserve consideration. Ethier will surely take consolation in his new $85 million contract, while McCutchen draws solace from the Pirates' fight for first place. 

We welcome other suggestions and support in the comments. But this week, these five players look like the best candidates for NL MVP.

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