MLB award talk is heating up here with just a few weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season, and this year's crop of MVP candidates in both leagues should bring about some good debate once again.
In the American League, it looks like we're headed for a repeat of last season with a two-horse race between Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
Things are much more wide open in the National League, and who wins the NL Central could play a big role in the voting. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen are all in the running. Joining them are first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Braves Atlanta and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. This should make for an interesting race over the final month.
With those eight candidates laid out as the current top choices for MVP consideration, here is the case for each of them to walk away with the award when all is said and done.