For a while there, Los Angeles Angels super-rookie Mike Trout was leading the race for the American League MVP award by a country mile. All other contenders for the award were simply trying to find their way through his dust.
Nonetheless, it seemed inevitable that Trout would come back to the rest of the pack at some point, as nobody can be as hot as he was for very long. He started to do so in August, and that was Miguel Cabrera's cue to put himself in a position to leapfrog Trout in the MVP race.
And if we're being honest, it looked like it was just a matter of time before Cabrera was going to surpass Trout in the MVP race. He had all the momentum.
For a variety of reasons, this hasn't happened yet. Cabrera is still Trout's closest pursuer, but we've come to yet another week in which Cabrera is looking up at Trout in the top five of my weekly AL MVP rankings. It's like the two of them are playing Mario Kart and Cabrera just keeps slipping on Trout's banana peels (hooray for nerd references!).
Scroll ahead for the latest on the two of them and the other top contenders for the award.
Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.