Two weeks are left in the 2012 MLB regular season and the race for the National League Most Valuable Player Award is getting tighter.
What appeared to be a two-man race between Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen has now been crashed by Ryan Braun, thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers' September surge into playoff contention. How each player—along with their respective teams—performs in the season's final weeks will surely determine who wins the league's highest individual honor.
One casualty in this week's rankings is St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday. Holliday has fallen off pace with the competition in September, especially during his past six games. That opens up a spot for a new candidate, one who's breaking into the top five for the first time this season.
With that said, here are the five leading candidates for the NL MVP Award. The next couple of weeks should make for a very exciting finish among the top contenders and it's going to be fun to watch.