The official announcement of today’s winner will be at 2 p.m. Until then, here are my thoughts and predictions. Feel free to chime in with your own.
National League MVP
The favorite: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
The contenders: Prince Fielder, Brewers; Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
The dark horses: Derrek Lee, Cubs; Andre Etheir, Dodgers
The (former) Yankee with a chance: Um … Nick Johnson had a .831 OPS. That’s pretty good, right?
Morning analysis: Unless the guy from yesterday is voting again, this one ought to be unanimous for Pujols. He had a MLB-best 1.101 OPS, MLB-best 47 home runs and – just for fun – even stole 16 bases. If he doesn’t win, it’s CSI-style robbery.
The pick: It’s Pujols (duh).
The record: 6-for-7 (hit on Coghlan, Greinke, Scioscia, Tracy, Lincecum and Mauer; missed on Bailey)