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2006 MVP Watch #9

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Been a little while now since the last MVP Watch as was waiting for Hardball Times to finally update the Win Shares totals.

 

Hey so did you hear that Ryan Howard is now the N.L. MVP winner? If your left handed and fat, this is your year! You know the media goo-goos and ga-gas over homeruns and RBI and then they wonder why players take steroids? Of course is Howard even the MVP of the Phillies is a more interesting question. As for the league he's in Top 10 but with a month left he's got no shot at the top spot on my ballot. Now as for the #1 spot things keep getting more interesting. I really, really wanted to give Beltran the top spot finally but I didn't pull the trigger but that might change a month from now. Also we may have a late 3rd candidate to the race as Miguel Cabrera clocks at a very strong #3.

 

#10 Nick Johnson, Nationals

.286/.423/.511, 93 RC, .312 EQA, 42.5 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#9 David Wright, Mets

.294/.369/.511, 97 RC, .294 EQA, 34.4 VORP, 24 Win Shares

 

#8 Ryan Howard, Phillies

.294/.382/.628, 96 RC, .313 EQA, 50.2 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#7 Jose Reyes, Mets

.298/.351/.488, 103 RC, .285 EQA, 47.9 VORP, 25 Win Shares

 

#6 Chase Utley, Phillies

.317/.385/.525, 94 RC, .296 EQA, 53.5 VORP, 23 Win Shares

 

#5 Alfonso Soriano, Nationals

.294/.365/.603, 110 RC, .303 EQA, 52.9 VORP, 28 Win Shares

 

#4 Lance Berkman, Astros

.308/.414/.614, 112 RC, .323 EQA, 54.7 VORP, 27 Win Shares

 

#3 Miguel Cabrera, Marlins

.337/.426/.585, 117 RC, .328 EQA, 64.8 VORP, 30 Win Shares

 

#2 Carlos Beltran, Mets

.286/.389/.631, 111 RC, .321 EQA, 63.1 VORP, 34 Win Shares

 

#1 Albert Pujols, Cardinals

.323/.424/.665, 114 RC, .337 EQA, 65.4 VORP, 30 Win Shares

 

 

For the A.L. it's still anyone's guess but by the way things are shaking out now Derek Jeter may win the real award by default and he's still in strongly my Top 5. I nearly had a new #1 here and originally had Manny Ramirez taking the top spot but changed my mind due the uncertain staus of his knee. The media favorite David Ortiz is now clutching his heart (awww I'm mean) and his season could be over. Joe Mauer is still in the Top 5 but he needs a strong September to grab the award.

 

#10 Vernon Wells, Blue Jays

.319/.374/.583, 93 RC, .310 EQA, 59.0 VORP, 21 Win Shares

 

#9 Jason Giambi, Yankees

.261/.420/.594, 101 RC, .330 EQA, 46.9 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#8 Jermaine Dye, White Sox

.326/.392/.649, 99 RC, .328 EQA, 59.3 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#7 Johan Santana, Twins

153 ERA+, 5.03 K/BB, 1.02 WHIP, 62.7 VORP, 21 Win Shares

 

#6 Jim Thome, White Sox

.294/.413/.615, 103 RC, .331 EQA, 53.9 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#5 David Ortiz, Red Sox

.287/.400/.633, 105 RC, .329 EQA, 61.0 VORP, 22 Win Shares

 

#4 Joe Mauer, Twins

.356/.434/.514, 91 RC, .322 EQA, 57.6 VORP, 26 Win Shares

 

#3 Derek Jeter, Yankees

.337/.413/.480, 108 RC, .311 EQA, 61.3 VORP, 25 Win Shares

 

#2 Manny Ramirez, Red Sox

.326/.442/.628, 108 RC, .345 EQA, 62.8 VORP, 26 Win Shares

 

#1 Travis Hafner, Indians

.307/.434/.643, 120 RC, .347 EQA, 74.6 VORP, 23 Win Shares

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I can't believe Manny never had a MVP. Considering how damn productive he has been throughout his carrer and all.

 

What's your take on the other awards?

 

AL/NL ROY

AL/NL Cy Young

AL/ML Manager

 

 

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Without looking too deep into it, with the A.L. Cy Young Santana is obviously my pick at the moment since he's in MVP Top 10 and really it's between him and Roy Halladay at this point. For ROY it will definently be between Verlander and Papelbon. I might give a slight edge to Papelbon right now but if the season ended today I think I'd still vote Francisco Liriano even with all the time he's missed.

 

N.L. Cy Young, Brandon Webb would be my pick and is probably still the frontrunner overall despite his recent struggles. I think either him or Chris Carpenter will end up winning the writer award. Dan Uggla would my ROY pick right now and will probably win it but I think his teammate Hanley Ramirez still deserves consideration. If Josh Johnson ends up winning the ERA title though he could end up being considered for both awards although I don't think he's been quite as good as his ERA indicates.

 

I don't care about Manager of the Years. Leyland will win the A.L. and Randolph or Girardi will win the N.L.

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