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Yadier Molina for NL MVP

Ezra Shaw/US Presswire

The race for the American League MVP award is stealing most of the headlines, but the National League competition has become compelling as well.

There are five players between 6.6 and 6.9 Wins Above Replacement per Baseball Reference, and except for David Wright, they are all on teams that have been in the mix for the postseason. In particular, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey and Ryan Braun are perceived favorites. Those three players are the top three in the NL in runs created, and their offensive contributions will likely push them to the top of the list of many voters.

In fact, their production has been so similar that it may be difficult to put one ahead of the others. That is why the other member of their class, the less-heralded Yadier Molina, should not surprise anyone if he wins the award.