BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the second inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Breaking Down the Top AL & NL MVP Candidates

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The MLB season comes to a close this Monday, but that doesn't mean the MVP debates will be over any time soon. There are a handful of players who have had a fantastic season, giving us an extremely close MVP race. As the year dwindles down, these players have separated themselves from the rest and earned their spot on this list.

Here are the top MVP candidates for the American and National Leagues this season. 

5. AL: J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox

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Remember when the Red Sox were the only team that offered Martinez a contract? Well, don't the other teams all look silly now. The man was close to winning the Triple Crown this season for the first time since Miguel Cabrera won the award with the Tigers. With 42 home runs, a .329 batting average, and a league-leading 127 RBI, it's safe to say this signing paid off. 

4. NL: Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs

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One of the most electric players in baseball has had a ridiculous season. He currently leads the NL in RBIs, toward the top of the league in home runs with 34, and has also lifted his team to the postseason. 

3. AL: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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Maybe in a few decades from now we'll have an MVP race without Trout in it, but for now, we have to accept seeing him here every season – he's an absolute machine. Trout is currently fourth in batting average (.313) and home runs (39).

2. NL: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

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There's no one else playing at Yelich's caliber in the NL right now. In a "what have you done for me lately" league, Yelich has made sure he's finished as strong as any human possibly can. Right now, he's leading the NL in batting average, sitting two RBI behind Javier Baez for the lead, and is tied at 36 homers with Matt Carpenter. He deserves the MVP with or without the Triple Crown, but locking that up would make this extremely easy. 

1. AL: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

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It's hard to put anyone else atop this list -- Betts is the best player on the best team in baseball. He leads the entire MLB in batting average with an insane .346. He has power with 32 home runs and 80 RBIs, and also has all the tools to be one of the best players in the league for a long, long time. He almost won the award last year, and followed it up with an even better season. Crown the man!

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