Almost a year after being traded from the Marlins to the Brewers, Christian Yelich finds himself in the MVP conversation along with perennial MVP candidate Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Cubs phenom Javier "Javy" Baez. All three players were able to add to their stats by playing an extra regular season game as each team needed to play another game to decide the division winner in their divisions. Here's why each finalist should win the MVP award for the National League.

Christian Yelich

If Yelich were to win the MVP award, he would be the second player of this century after Josh Donaldson to win MVP the season after he got traded during the off-season. With the season he had, Yelich has a compelling case to win the award as he put career-high numbers in every category except doubles and walks. Yelich had the second most hits in the National League with 187 hits and had the highest average, slugging percentage and OPS among National League players.

Compared to all three National League MVP finalists, Yelich had the highest slash line and had the most stolen bases with 22.

Nolan Arenado

Every year at the beginning of the season, Arenado is talked about as an MVP candidate because that's how good of a player he is. To add to that, Arenado has won six straight Gold Glove awards. Arenado got on base at a career-high clip of .374 and he walked the most times he's ever had in a season with 73 walks. Among players in the National League, he hit the most home runs and tied for second with the most RBIs with MVP candidate Christian Yelich.

Among National League MVP candidates, Arenado hit the most home runs with 38 dingers and walked the the most out of Yelich and Baez.

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Javy Baez

Going back to 2016 when the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, Cubs players that would come to mind were Kris Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP, Anthony Rizzo, Jon Lester, Aroldis Chapman and a few others. Back then, Baez was only known for his spectacular defense but this year, he broke out as a hitter and was the best hitter on the Cubs. Baez played an integral role for the Cubs offensively as Bryant was injured for a big part of the season and Rizzo didn't do as well as he did in previous seasons.

Baez slashed a career-high .290/.326/.554 with a career-high 176 hits, 34 home runs and 111 RBIs. He also reached the 40 double mark by hitting 40 doubles and hit 9 triples which is the most triples he's hit in a season. Among all National League players, he got the most RBIs with 111.

Between Baez, Yelich and Arenado, Baez got the most doubles, triples and RBIs.

The winner will be announced on November 15 at 6 PM ET.

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