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NL MVP Race Power Rankings 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 05:  Cody Bellinger #35 watches his three run homerun, to take a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The MVP in the National League is more top-heavy than what you'll see over in the American League, with several players deserving to be in the conversation for the honors, but it very well could be an easy decision if the season continues to play out like it is.

Here's a look at the power rankings for the 2019 NL MVP.

10. Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 09: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 09, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
2019 MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard | Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Arizona Diamondbacks are rebuilding a little bit, but they found a true gem in Ketel Marte, who leads the league in hits (152) to go along with a .949 OPS and 25 home runs. He's had spectacular year for Arizona and should be mentioned despite playing for a bad team.

9. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a first inning solo home run against the Miami Marlins  at Coors Field on August 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins v Colorado Rockies | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Different year but another monster season from Nolan Arenado, who is hitting .302 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI. Unfortunately, the Rockies have been a huge disappointment and are one of the worst teams in the league, making his MVP candidacy a moot point, but his play is definitely deserving of a top 10 candidacy.

8. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 09: Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates participates in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 09, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
2019 MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard | Jason Miller/Getty Images

I know the Pittsburgh Pirates stink, but All-Star first baseman Josh Bell doesn't. Bell is slashing .280/.365/.585 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 98 RBI, and if the Pirates were in the Wild Card mix he'd be receiving a lot more consideration.

7. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 19:  Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers | Harry How/Getty Images

Hyun-Jin Ryu isn't going to blow you away with power stuff, but he just so happens to lead baseball with a microscopic 1.64 ERA. Because he doesn't have big strikeout numbers or things of that nature, he won't be in the conversation for NL MVP, but you can't ignore what this Dodger southpaw not named Clayton Kershaw is doing.

6. Pete Alonso, New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11:  Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets waits to bat against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals v New York Mets | Al Bello/Getty Images

We've seen 40-homer seasons before, but not many from rookies. New York's Pete Alonso appears to be the runaway favorite to win Rookie of the Year, but maybe he should be getting more love in the MVP race? It's a bit of a long shot, but if the Mets make the playoffs it'll because of Alonso's bat.

5. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals hits the game winning RBI double against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on August 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Even though he's a model of consistency every year, Anthony Rendon never gets talked about. Now with Bryce Harper gone, you'd hope that people are paying attention to Rendon's monster 2019 season where he's slashing .318/.397/.605 with 27 home runs and 97 RBI. It was doom and gloom in D.C. for awhile, but Rendon has put this team on his back.

4. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 14: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 14, 2019 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves v San Diego Padres | Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Acuña Jr. may jump start the offense, but this team will go as far as Freddie Freeman takes them. The Braves first baseman is having another monster season, as he's slashing .303/.396/.562 with 31 home runs and a league-leading 98 RBI. Just another under-the-radar superstar campaign from Freeman.

3. Ronald Acuña Jr, Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 17: Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SunTrust Park on August 17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves | Logan Riely/Getty Images

While Bellinger and Yelich are the clear front runners, Atlanta Braves phenom Ronald Acuña Jr. is right there. Atlanta's leadoff man is slashing .296/.376/.544 with 35 home runs and 85 RBI, while leading the NL in runs (104) and stolen bases (29). He can beat you in so many ways at the top of the lineup, which is why the Braves lead the NL East.

2. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 05:  Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds third after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 5, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates | Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Since Christian Yelich has missed some time lately with a back injury, he's slipped a little in the MVP race. However, that was before coming back and having a monster weekend series in Washington. Yelich is back leading the league in batting average (.335), on-base percentage (.424), slugging percentage (.698) and OPS (1.122) to go along with 41 home runs and 89 RBI. The reigning MVP is still in the mix, for sure.

1. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 18: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting his 42nd home run of the season in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves | Logan Riely/Getty Images

It's been the Belli and Yeli Show for most of the season, but the slugger on the Los Angeles Dodgers might be pulling ahead just a bit. Not only does Cody Bellinger play for the best team in the league, but he's a Gold Glove-caliber defender at various positions and leads all of baseball with 42 home runs while slashing .317/.415/.671 with 97 RBI.