Comments on: Ryan Howard This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: ZimJim Mon, 29 Sep 2008 16:26:05 +0000 I am a huge fan of Albert Pujols, but I'll take a minute to defend Howard. First off his 126 OPS+ is still 8 points higher than MVP teammate Jimmy Rollins had last year. Rollin's numbers were not that extraordinary but he had the intangible factor, and was a team leader.

Howard on the other hand has stepped up this after starting off slow, and has become the team leader for the phillies offense. When Utley started to hit a slide, Howard's numbers picked up. He has 146 RBIS, a whopping 22 more than second place David Wright of the Mets. The last person to have that many more RBI's was Hank Aaron in 1957 with the Milwaukee Braves. He also has 48 home runs, 8 more than second place Adam Dunn.

Comparing to his MVP campaign of 2006, he had 149 rbis, this year he has 3 less, 146. He had 10 more home runs in 06 than in 08, meaning that the rbis he hit were not just home runs but also clutch hits when compared to 06 campaign. Also, he played in all 162 games all year.

Against howard, other than what Andy mentioned above, is that his fielding is terrible. The gold glove award is a popularity contest these days, I feel but, Jimmy Rollins was still good enough for one in his MVP campagin, probably because he won the MVP. Howard will not be recieving any gold gloves, and that should be taken into account with the MVP voters.

Pujols is a great player, yes. But I feel that Ryan Howard is the Most Valuable Player to HIS TEAM, just like rollins was last year. But in the end it is all up to the voters, and how they feel about things like this.

By: whiz Fri, 26 Sep 2008 21:25:20 +0000 Excellent point. Hopefully MVP voters will take note (says the Cardinals and Pujols fan).