NL MVP Rankings: Buster Posey Stays Ahead of Ryan Braun as Front-Runner

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NL MVP Rankings: Buster Posey Stays Ahead of Ryan Braun as Front-Runner
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Buster Posey could win the NL batting title.

Eight days remain in the 2012 MLB regular season. Is that enough time for anyone to overtake Buster Posey as the favorite for the National League Most Valuable Player Award?

Ryan Braun has an excellent case for consideration, ranking among the league leaders in all the important offensive categories. His power numbers are especially noticeable. 

Andrew McCutchen is still hanging in there, despite the Pittsburgh Pirates' slide from playoff contention. He still perhaps best fits the "most valuable" criteria as the player whose absence would adversely affect his team the most. 

The NL MVP Award looks like Posey's to lose at this point. But in our view, these are the top five contenders for the league's highest individual honor. Do any of the other four candidates still have a shot?

All statistics cited here are current as of Sept. 26.

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