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3 Reasons Stephen Strasburg Is a Legitimate NL MVP Contender in 2013
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Can Stephen Strasburg become the first NL pitcher to win the MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968?

The feat has been accomplished recently as well. The AL saw a pitcher win the MVP in 2011 when Justin Verlander took home the honor. We can look at Verlander's statistics that season to see how Strasburg can duplicate his feat.

Here are three reasons why Stephen Strasburg is a legitimate NL MVP contender in 2013.

Note: All statistics provided by Baseball-Reference.com except where otherwise noted.

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