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NL MVP Race Power Rankings for Week of Sept. 3

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01:  Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after his two run homerun to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies during the National League West tiebreaker game at Dodger Stadium on October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The NL MVP race is coming down to the wire with just a month left in the MLB regular season. Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich have been a cut above the rest all season long, but we can't forget about other stars in the conversation putting together incredible campaigns. Ahead of the stretch run, let's identify the top 10 contenders.

10. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Pitcher Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets walks out to the bullpen before his start against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on August 29, 2019 in New York City. The Cubs defeated the Mets 4-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs v New York Mets | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Jacob deGrom may not be putting up the Hall of Fame numbers he had last season, but he has been dominant once again. After a rough April, the Mets ace systematically put himself back in Cy Young contention as well. He has a 2.66 ERA and 214 strikeouts in 169 innings pitched.

9. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 16-9. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers | Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Colorado's Trevor Story is showing why he is one of the best shortstops in all of baseball this season. Playing at Coors Field doesn't hurt, but he still has above-average numbers away from the Mile High City to boot. He's hitting .298 with 30 home runs and 78 RBIs along with a 5.8 WAR overall.

8. Pete Alonso, New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning of a game at Citi Field on August 24, 2019 in New York City. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players' Weekend. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves v New York Mets | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Mets first baseman is having what might be one of the best rookie seasons of all time. He is hitting .266 with 43 home runs and 102 RBIs along with a home run derby victory this season. He will definitely be the NL Rookie of the Year -- that's far beyond doubt -- but has a lot of work still to do to win the MVP given that his team is noticeably outside the playoff picture.

7. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 1:  Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies connects for a sixth inning solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates  at Coors Field on September 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Pirates v Colorado Rockies | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Nolan Arenado is once again putting together another terrific season with his bat and glove alike. He has 36 home runs and 107 RBIs to go along with a .311 batting average on the year, and is in line for his sixth straight Gold Glove on the hot corner for the Rockies. Don't be surprised if he cracks the top three for the MVP at season's end.

6. 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

Josh Bell has cooled off during the second half, but has still put together an amazing season. The Pirates slugger has 35 home runs, 110 RBIs and a .579 slugging percentage. Despite being on a bad team, he still deserves a lot of consideration for the MVP, but his down performance since the All-Star break hurts his chances of taking home the award.

5. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 30:  Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves stands on third base due to an error by Leury Garcia #28 of the Chicago White Sox after hitting a RBI single in the eighth inning at SunTrust Park on August 30, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox v Atlanta Braves | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Freddie Freeman has grown into a prime of example of what a consistent star player looks like in this league. He hasn't missed a game this year, and leads all of baseball with 114 RBIs. He also has 38 home runs and is once again the single biggest threat in a highly dangerous Braves lineup. The first baseman has been so good in his career that years like this have simply become what we expect out of him.

4. Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 02: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run off of Cal Quantrill #40 of the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Chase Field on September 02, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks | Norm Hall/Getty Images

Talk about bursting onto the scene with a splash. Ketel Marte wasn't widely backed to become a superstar, but he's exploded this year for the Diamondbacks. He leads the NL in his and is batting .321 on the season. His 29 home runs and 81 RBIs both come as a surprise, as each mark is far beyond his previous career highs.

3. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals
Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

Anthony Rendon is true model of consistency, but his production this year has to rank as a career best. He is hitting .337 with 32 home runs and 111 RBIs, numbers that would make him an MVP favorite and potential Triple Crown contender in a lot of seasons.

2. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds second base after hitting a solo home run as Pat Valaika #4 of the Colorado Rockies looks on during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on September 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers | Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

After a red-hot April, Cody Bellinger did cool off a bit, but the power is still amazing. The Dodgers star leads the NL with 44 home runs packaged up with a .311 average and 103 RBIs. He has also played multiple positions throughout the year, but the dingers are what truly help him keep pace with the league's No. 1 guy.

1. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 02:  Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a home run in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Miller Park on September 02, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Houston Astros v Milwaukee Brewers | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The man himself. Christian Yelich is putting together another unstoppable year in Milwaukee, hitting .323 with 43 home runs and 92 RBIs. Yelich leads the NL in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. He is the only man in all of baseball right now who can honestly give Mike Trout a run for his money in the conversation for best player in the game. Expect him to take home his second straight MVP award this year.