Earlier this week, we named Jose Bautista our AL Most Valuable Player. Today, we move to the NL MVP voting.
As with the real vote, ballots were scored using a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system. First-place votes are in parentheses.
|1.||Matt Kemp, Dodgers — 149 (10)|
|2.||Ryan Braun, Brewers — 93|
|3.||Roy Halladay, Phillies — 82 (1)|
|4.||Joey Votto, Reds — 68|
|5.||Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers — 54|
Full results after the jump.
|6.||Justin Upton, Diamondbacks — 45|
|T7.||Jose Reyes, Mets — 35|
|T7.||Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies — 35|
|9.||Cliff Lee, Phillies — 32|
|10.||Andrew McCutchen, Pirates — 15|
|T11.||Prince Fielder, Brewers — 12|
|T11.||Shane Victorino, Phillies — 12|
|13.||Albert Pujols, Cardinals — 10|
|14.||Lance Berkman, Cardinals — 5|
|15.||Pablo Sandoval, Giants — 2|
All in all, I think this is just about what I expected the results to be, and I don't think the real results will be too much different than this. I'd be surprised if these results differ more from the BBWAA's than those of our AL MVP.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was the one voter who picked Halladay over Kemp. They were essentially tied in fWAR (they were only 0.5 apart), and Kemp's value is largely contingent on a dramatic 21-run UZR improvement over last season, which I'm hesitant to take at face value (fWAR wasn't the only thing I looked at, it's just the easiest quick-look means of comparing them). I'm also a little bit biased towards pitchers as a reaction to the prejudice most analysts have against them. After those two, my ballot went: Braun, Votto, Kershaw, Lee, Reyes, Fielder, Sandoval, and Tulowitzki, in that order.
Thanks so much to JD, Julian, Bill, J-Doug, Jacob, Daniel, Adam, Satchel, Peter, and Matt for taking the time to vote for all seven awards. I'd say we did a pretty good job.