Question of the day: Who is the NL MVP?
The Brewers' magic number to win their first division title since 1982 is three, and Braun and Fielder have been Milwaukee's dynamic duo. Braun is tied with Mets shortstop Jose Reyes in the National League batting-title race at .330 and also leads the league in slugging percentage (.584) and OPS (.977). He sits fifth in the league with 104 RBIs and is tied for seventh in home runs (31) to go along with a career-high 31 stolen bases.
Fielder is in the top three in the NL in home runs (34), RBIs (112) and OBP (.408), while sitting seventh in the league with a .544 slugging percentage. He's also hitting .293, which is within striking distance of his career-high .299.
Matt Kemp is five homers away from a rare 40-40 season. He ranks second (by one) in the NL with 35 homers and is first with 116 RBIs -- to go along with the 40 stolen bases. His .322 average means he is going to finish at least within shouting distance of a Triple Crown. The Dodgers weren't contenders this season but that is a big-time individual season.
Albert Pujols has finished in the top four of MVP voting nine times in the past 10 seasons. Once thought to be dismissed from the MVP conversation, he has rallied the Cardinals to within 1 1/2 games of the NL Wild Card. Pujols leads the league with 36 homers and is now up to .305 with 97 RBIs.
Justin Upton has led the surprising D-backs to the top of the NL West, which they are poised to clinch with a magic number of two, by putting together the second 20-homer, 20-stolen-base season of his career and hitting 39 doubles, tied for the league lead. He's also batting .292 and is getting on base at a .372 clip, while hitting 31 homers and driving in 88 runs.
Ryan Howard keeps producing for a Phillies club that has dominated the regular season, standing at 33 homers and 113 RBIs. But Phillies observers may have to point to their starting rotation as the most obvious reason for the team's success.
Today's question: Who is the NL MVP?
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