Well, Joey Votto answered the bell and is having an outstanding season... and right now it would look like it would be a neck and neck vote.
Votto is #1 and Pujols #2 in on base percentage, slugging and, it would make sense, OPS. Votto is second in hitting. Pujols fifth. Pujols is second in home runs. Votto third. Pujols is first in RBI. Votto third. Votto is first in runs scored. Pujols fifth. Pujols is first in total bases. Votto third. Pujols is second in walks. Votto third. Votto is first in runs created and offensive win percentage. Pujols second.
Votto is also first in situational wins added. Pujols second.
I have no clue what situational wins added means, but damn it sounds impressive.
Remember how this was supposedly a down year for Pujols?
With a race this tight, why am I writing Pujols' MVP in ink?
Have you SEEN how Pujols has been playing? He's batted .442 since July ended with 5 homers, 13 RBI, has an OPS of 1.327 and in 47 plate appearances has 1 strikeout.
And oh yeah the Cardinals leap frogged the Reds into first place during that stretch.
Yeah, I know... we aren't supposed to look at anything other than stats for MVP... but going on a tear as his team takes over the top spot SHOULD count for something!
It's safe to say that he is heating up and Votto has as much chance to stop his momentum as Tia Leoni and Maximillian Schell had to stop the tidal wave in Deep Impact.
It's Albert's award to lose and when the waves subside, he should have his 4th MVP and 3rd overall.