Utley > Howard
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was a unanimous choice in winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award for the second consecutive season and the third time in his career.
The right guy, again. This time unanimously.
Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and Price Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, who tied for the league lead in RBI with 141 apiece, finished third and fourth, respectively. Howard (.279, 45 HR, 108 R) totaled 217 points and Fielder (.299, 46 HR, 110 BB) 203.
Also finishing in the top 10 were [...] Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (.282, 31 HR, 93 RBI, 103 R)
Howard got six second-place votes, Utley got none. Howard got eight third-place votes, Utley got two. Howard got seven fourth-place votes, Utley got two. Howard got five fifth-place votes, Utley got one.
- Utley: .402 wOBA
- Howard: .393 wOBA
- Utley: 11.3 UZR/150 at second base
- Howard: 1.2 UZR/150 at first base
- Utley: 5.3 (EQBRR-EQSBR)
- Howard: -4.5 (EQBRR-EQSBR)
- Utley: 8 WAR (including base running)
- Howard: 4 WAR (including base running)
As I mentioned yesterday, kudos to the BBWAA for getting the actual award recipients right. However, some of the non-first-place votes have still been baffling — this being one prominent example. Two Ryan Howards may only be slightly more productive than one Chase Utley.