It's no secret that baseballs are flying out of ballparks this year at a faster rate than ever -- the league already set a record this season for the amount of dingers. We explored the connection between altered baseballs and the league-wide home run derby earlier this season. More recently, CBS Sports found that half of MLB teams are likely to set single-season franchise home run records in 2019, with many already having passed their mark, like the Yankees and Twins.

Individual marks are not being toppled at the same rate, but the MLB home run race is still a tight one with less than two weeks to go in the regular season. As of Thursday morning, here's what the MLB leaderboard looks like:

1. Pete Alonso, Mets: 49 home runs
2. Eugenio Suarez, Reds: 48 home runs
T3. Jorge Soler, Royals: 45 home runs
T3. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: 45 home runs
T3. Mike TroutAngels: 45 home runs*
5. Christian Yelich, Brewers: 44 home runs*

*Trout and Yelich will miss the rest of the season due to injuries

The chase for the home run crown could possibly come down to Alonso and Suarez. Alonso, 24, is also in the running for the NL Rookie of the Year Award while Suarez, 28, is following up his breakout 2018 season with an impressive home run outburst. 

Suarez has been particularly hot at the plate as of late. More than half of his 48 homers (28) have come after the All-Star Game. The third baseman has been especially productive in September, slashing .382/.469/.927 with nine homers and 17 RBI in 55 at-bats. With Suarez's 48th homer on Wednesday, he broke the record for most homers in a season by a Venezuelan player. Andres Galarraga (Rockies, 1996) previously held the record with 47 homers. He also tied another single-season record: most home runs hit by a NL third baseman. The top spots are currently held by Mike Schmidt (1980 with the Phillies) and Adrian Beltre (2004 with the Dodgers).

Alonso has knocked a total of seven home runs so far in September, as opposed to Suarez's nine. Alonso, who won the Home Run Derby in a thrilling final against fellow standout rookie Vladimir Guerrero, hasn't been shy when it comes to sharing his goal of going after records. He already broke the NL rookie record as well as Mets' single-season home run record, and he may just catch Yankees slugger Aaron Judge's 2017 rookie record of 52.

Bellinger, an NL MVP candidate has fallen behind in the race over the last two weeks. He hit his first home run since Sept. 2 against the Rays on Wednesday.

Soler, who played the most games in his six-year MLB career this season, has notched seven home runs so far in September with his most recent coming on Sept. 16. His 45 homers are also a career-high.

The finish to this race is bound to be an exciting one, monumental even. There have only been two seasons where more than two players reached the 50-homer mark: 2001 with Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Luis Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez and in 1998 with Mark McGwire, Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr. and Greg Vaughn.