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MVP Watch #8

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For the first time this year I actually had to give more than a second of thought for who would take the #1 spot in the N.L. MVP race. As the Cardinals have slumped so has Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran has now tied him for the M.L. lead in Win Shares. Pujols hangs on to the top spot for now but we now finally have a race. Chase Utley is hot, David Wright is not, and Ryan Howard makes his first appearance of the year.

 

#10 Ryan Howard, Phillies

.294/.378/.625, 78 RC, .308 EQA, 41.0 VORP, 17 Win Shares

 

#9 Nick Johnson, Nationals

.294/.425/.521, 82 RC, .317 EQA, 39.1 VORP, 19 Win Shares

 

#8 David Wright, Mets

.308/.383/.545, 86 RC, .302 EQA, 37.1 VORP, 20 Win Shares

 

#7 Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks

175 ERA+, 4.31 K/BB, 1.14 WHIP, 58.3 VORP, 17 Win Shares

 

#6 Chase Utley, Phillies

.328/.390/.557, 86 RC, .301 EQA, 52.7 VORP, 21 Win Shares

 

#5 Alfonso Soriano, Nationals

.290/.362/.594, 93 RC, .304 EQA, 43.0 VORP, 23 Win Shares

 

#4 Miguel Cabrera, Marlins

.326/.422/.547, 90 RC, .319 EQA, 47.4 VORP, 21 Win Shares

 

#3 Lance Berkman, Astros

.322/.411/.621, 96 RC, .324 EQA, 46.7 VORP, 24 Win Shares

 

#2 Carlos Beltran, Mets

.284/.388/.626, 93 RC, .318 EQA. 52.0 VORP, 27 Win Shares

 

#1 Albert Pujols, Cardinals

.319/.428/.684, 98 RC, .344 EQA, 56.3 VORP, 27 Win Shares

 

 

Hey did you hear the news? David Ortiz has won the American League Most Valuable Player award. ESPN told me so. All kidding aside after not even being on my radar until recently Ortiz has made a big jump on my imaginary ballot and if he keeps this up he could even possibly grab the top spot by the end of the year, but for the moment he's still not even the Red Sox MVP in my view. Travis Hafner has grabbed the top spot back but it wasn't without reservations and I gave consideration to everyone in the top 4 this week for the #1 spot. Carlos Guillen and Justin Morneau both make their first appearance in the Top 10.

 

#10 Vernon Wells, Blue Jays

.319/.382/.597, 79 RC, .314 EQA, 52.3 VORP, 17 Win Shares

 

#9 Jason Giambi, Yankees

.249/.407/.578, 82 RC, .322 EQA, 35.3 VORP, 18 Win Shares

 

#8 Justin Morneau, Twins

.323/.378/.605, 85 RC, .313 EQA, 41.9 VORP, 19 Win Shares

 

#7 Carlos Guillen, Tigers

.307/.389/.511, 75 RC, .304 EQA, 42.0 VORP, 20 Win Shares

 

#6 David Ortiz, Red Sox

.291/.395/.627, 90 RC, .324 EQA, 51.3 VORP, 19 Win Shares

 

#5 Jim Thome, White Sox

.298/.417/.627, 91 RC, .332 EQA, 49.5 VORP, 19 Win Shares

 

#4 Manny Ramirez, Red Sox

.319/.429/.633, 91 RC, .338 EQA, 52.7 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#3 Derek Jeter, Yankees

.350/.425/.487, 88 RC, .317 EQA, 54.9 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#2 Joe Mauer, Twins

.365/.446/.525, 75 RC, .328 EQA, 52.8 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#1 Travis Hafner, Indians

.306/.430/.641, 103 RC, .348 EQA, 62.4 VORP, 19 Win Shares

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