With just a month to go before the regular season comes to an end, most can assume who will take home the hardware for some of the National League regular season honors.
Again, there is a month left, and the National League MVP race is going to be one of the closest races in recent memory.
Two players are serious contenders for NL MVP honors. Clayton Kershaw is looking to become the National League's first pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to earn MVP honors. The only person standing in his way is the power-hitting Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins who has put together the best season of his career.
Kershaw Throwing Fire
Kershaw is a lock for National League Cy Young, and may also take home Triple Crown honors in the pitching department if he keeps dealing like he has been. The dominant southpaw has an impressive 17-3 record this season.
He currently holds a 1.70 ERA and has fanned 202 batters. Kershaw has also gone over 50 starts without consecutive losses as well, he is almost as much as a sure thing as you can get, and is making his case on becoming the very best pitcher in the game.
Stanton Slugging Bombs
Stanton is having an equally impressive year from a hitters standpoint. The Marlins slugger has already amassed 100 RBIs this season and has 35 home runs with plenty of time to do even more damage to opposing pitchers this season and boost his chances to win his first MVP.
The National League MVP will come down to these two players. This will likely be the only NL award that has any debate.
Rookie is a Red
The Rookie of the Year for the National League will also be safely secured by the Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton who has put together a solid campaign in his first full year in the big leagues.
Hamilton is batting .268, but has an impressive 55 stolen bases to this point. Hamilton is known for his speed, as he stole over 100 bases in the minor leagues. He will be the favorite and only likely contender to bring home National League Rookie of the Year honors.
It will be enjoyable to watch both Stanton and Kershaw down the stretch to see they can keep up their impressive pace that they have displayed throughout most of the season. In what is going to be as tight of a race as it gets, one thing is for certain, all eyes will be on these two perennial All-Stars as they look to make history in the final month of the season.