The 2022 Major League Baseball season is heading toward the finish line, and there are a number of intriguing items that still haven't been resolved.

From Aaron Judge's Triple Crown chase to some undetermined winners of baseball hardware, the campaign's final week should have plenty to offer.

Here's what you need to keep an eye on.

 

Triple Crown and AL MVP

Judge is putting together one of the best offensive seasons this century. As impressive as his home run quest has been, the slugger's chase for the Triple Crown is arguably even more incredible. In an era where power hitters are increasingly sacrificing batting average for power, Judge has bucked the trend to keep his average well over the .300 mark. The 30-year-old is in a tight race with the Twins' Luis Arraez and Red Sox stalwart Xander Bogaerts for the average title in the season's final days.

Judge's pursuit of the Triple Crown is yet another notch in his belt to help solidify the first MVP award of his stellar career. It's a testament to Judge's brilliance that he's been able to hold Angels star Shohei Ohtani at bay in the MVP conversation. Ohtani will likely receive some first-place votes on ballots, but at this point, it's hard to envision a scenario where Judge doesn't take home the prestigious hardware in November.

 

Hardware up for grabs

NL MVP

It appears to be a three-horse race for National League MVP, and the winner could be determined during the season's final week.

The front-runners are Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt of the Cardinals and Manny Machado of the Padres, with the three having similar seasons. Each has surpassed 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, plus they're all hitting around .300 or slugging over .500.

Entering Thursday, Machado and Arenado are tied at 7.2 fWAR, with Goldschmidt nipping at their heels with 7.1. Goldschmidt has an advantage in homers, RBIs, and wRC+, but Arenado and Machado have been superior defenders at a tougher position while still putting up impressive offensive numbers.

Machado has been hot as of late, while Arenado and Goldschmidt have not, so it'll be interesting to see how things turn out by season's end.