And yet, the Phillies are just 10-9? How is that possible? Their pitching has been decent, and yeah, while Howard has struggled, their team OPS is close to .800. Their pen has been better than expected too. We can point our fingers to defense as I did last week, but, come on, responsible for a barely above .500 record? It seems like it is just bad luck.
So far, here are the lines of our MVPs:
That will be as easy as it will ever be to create a chart since they are both 1 and 2 in OPS. So, who is the real MVP? Since defense is included, Utley is the choice hands down, though Pat has been solid in left. Looking at the numbers it would also appear that Chase is the offensive MVP. 9 2Bs and 9 HRs to Pat's 4 2Bs and 7 Hrs. Both are hitting .357 and chase has 38 points on Pat in OPS.
I think it is a tossup at this juncture. Neither is likely to maintain their .357 batting averages those Chase is likely to keep his above .300 while Pat can expect a round .280 at best. Pat's OBP is much more sustainable since he has twice the walks (though Utley has 4 HBP). When all is said and done, I think only Chase will be in the competition for MVP and obviously has a decent shot of winning it.
Couldn't get Cole's numbers to line up as nicely as Burrell's and Utley's, but it is good enough. Cole is 6th in ERA and I am not sure he is really chasing the guys in front of him. Smoltz has been out of his mind thus far, but I think he is too old to maintain this start (but I also thought he was too old to have this start). Sheets also has been a stud, but he is out to pasture again this year. Seems like the biggest competition are the usual suspects in Peavy, Webb, Santana and Lohse. Yeah, right, Lohse. Hamels has been good, but his strikeouts have been a concern. Not good enough to miss bats, but good enough to not let the opponent his the ball out of tha stadium as his GB/FB ratio is .85 this year but was 1.13 last year. That is a concern more than him winning the Cy Young, but him having a successful year. He has to cut down on the flyballs and turn them into strikeouts.
Teammates have ended the year 1-2 in MVP voting (the most recent, I believe, was the year when Kent beat out Bonds). Not sure if there has even been a 1-2 in MVP and a Cy Young winner (maybe a 1-2 if Lidge continues to have an ERA of 0.00).