did you see what Phil Sheridan said of the MVP voting...http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/phil_sheridan/20081118_Phil_Sheridan__MVP_voting_is_out_of_whack.html
although he might be right about the voting system, the rest was nonsense...
One of his biggest arguments against Pujols for MVP and in favor of Howard was that Ludwick, Ankiel and Glaus were quite helpful in keeping the Cardinals in the race late in the year and that Pujols didn't do it all by himself.
He threw in Ankiel? Really? Ankiel struggled in the 2nd half, missed 40 games due to injury and finished at .264 with 71 RBI. Meh. Ankiel didn't shoulder a bigger than normal load down the stretch.
And he says Howard was a one man show and single handedly got his team into the playoffs?
What about Chase Utley???
What about Pat Burrel?
They won the World Series...they had a pretty good team and Howard had a lot of support around him. Howard didn't do it all himself.
Sure, Howard had a monster September...but he batted .168 in April, .238 in May, .234 in June and .213 in August. Ugh...that's awful. Funny how that didn't get mentioned. Pujols hit over .300 in every month during the season. And he hit over .350 for three of those months, and .347 in another. And we all know he didn't just hit for average...he had 37 HR and 117 RBI.
Howard batted .251 and struck out almost 200 times.
Pujols batted .357 and only struck out 54 times.
Plus, Pujols is a MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better fielder than Howard. Sheridan failed to mention defense (not surprising)...which is a huge part of the game. Howard made 19 errors...Pujols only made 6.
Maybe if Howard would have been better throughout the season, he wouldn't have had to hit a ton in September to get his team into the playoffs?
Ryan Howard reminds me a lot of Adam Dunn...except Howard gets a few more home runs and RBI.
The only areas where Howard edges Pujols, is in HR and RBI. That's it.
Howard can hit a ton, no doubt. But Pujols is just a much better all around player than Howard and was every bit as valuable to the Cardinals as Howard was to the Phillies...and Pujols backs it up with better all around numbers.
Stupid homer sportswriters.