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November 20, Phoenix – Much has been written from coast to coast about the NL MVP. It is a great debate as we hoped it would be as the season wrapped up. I was one in September almost nightly saying that Howard should win the award as it felt like each night he homered and each of those homers lifted Philly to victory. He had an incredible final month.

So let’s talk months. Just for kicks, here are the season numbers for both Albert Pujols and Howard, month by month. Added to the chart is runners in scoring position and stats within their respective divisions. The first is batting average, then on base percentage and slugging percentage.

Pujols Howard
365/523/594 Apr. 168/298/347
373/454/706 May  238/344/590
302/444/558 June  234/287/439
347/413/564 July 311/366/612
398/491/745 Aug. 213/328/463
321/427/702 Sept. 352/422/852
339/523/678 RISP 320/439/589
365/469/662 In Division 270/343/587

There are 24 total chances for each player to better one another statisically. Pujols does so 21 of the 24 times, leaving three for Howard. Ryan deserves a great deal of extra credit for for his team’s 17 wins in September, but Albert certainly needs at least a pat on the back for the Cardinals 18 victories in April, when little was expected of them in 2008.


The last few weeks meant everything to Philly, while the Cards certainly faded from the the Wild Card race. Does that mean that pitchers eased up on Albert? Or that he would not have had the same level of success if St Louis had been in it until the final Sunday? It is safe to assume that both hitters got the very best out of opposing pitchers every single at bat.

It is what makes baseball great, these great debates. Much like Holliday v. Rollins or Tulowitzki v. Braun (ROY) a season ago.

See you soon.



  1. jkson1@aol.com

    One person that I know of is on the field //in a dugout scored from second base on a wild pitch/passed ball-who is it and do you know of any others who have done that?
    A: Kirk Gibson 1988 Dogers
    PS: My wife and I love you and Gracie +Todd and all the great supporting/helping cast-watch you every night!

  2. tucchase@comcast.net

    Daron, Were you aware that an extra commercial is being slipped in between innings of the live broadcasts? Usually they do 4, but lately they have been slipping a fifth one in so when it returns to you and Mark the inning is half over. The least amount they have missed is 2 pitches. Sunday they missed showing the AFLAC Question and the first out. Several other innings were late returning also. Saturday we came back live just in time to see the replay of Reynolds’ double off the left field wall. This is occuring at least 6 times per game. I live in Tucson and watch on Comcast. Maybe its them, I don’t know. But it sure is annoying!

  3. dsakovich@yahoo.com

    Daron, Great to see your doing well! Remember the name, Danny Sakovich. Have lots of memories of you your doing a great job! Keep up the good work.

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