As we said at the beginning of last week's NL MVP rankings, a new candidate seems to emerge—or explode—into the discussion each time a new list of contenders is put together.
Two weeks ago, it was the Arizona Diamondbacks' Jason Kubel who pushed his way into the race. Then, it was the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday who swung his way into consideration for the MVP award.
This week, the player who can't be ignored is San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. Posey was on the fringes of our top five, while some of us argued in the comments as to who was the better or more important offensive player for the Giants. Was it Posey or teammate Melky Cabrera?
Before we begin, the Joey Votto disclaimer. A few commenters asked why he wasn't included among the top contenders, though I felt like I explained why. Votto has now missed 23 games for the Cincinnati Reds.
Though his numbers still rank among the NL leaders, I didn't want to just keep Votto stationary at the No. 2 spot until he returned. Nor did I want to move him around. Based on what? Someone had a better week than him? Of course someone did—Votto didn't play. So when he comes back, he will very likely return to these rankings.
With all that out of the way, these five players look like the current leading contenders for the NL MVP award. Please leave your responses and suggestions in the comments. Your feedback is definitely considered when putting this list together each week.
All the statistics mentioned here are current as of Aug. 7.