(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals took a dip during Yadier Molina’s stay on the disabled list. The Redbirds went 6-8 during those 14 games, while losing three games to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Central. Is it possible that Molina’s absence actually increased his chances to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award?
After sitting out with a knee injury, Molina has been red hot at the plate for the Cards. Molina has eight hits in his last three games, including four doubles and home run.
Molina is batting .336 on the season with 10 homers and 59 RBIs. Molina also currently has a career high .505 slugging percentage. How does Molina shape up against some other candidates for the MVP in the N.L?
Andrew McCutchen, PIT: McCutchen has his Pirates leading the Central with a .316 average with 17 Homers and 71 RBIs. McCutchen also has 26 stolen bases.
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI: Goldschmidt is batting .285 with 31 homeruns and 100 RBI’s, with a .552 slugging percentage
Clayton Kershaw L.A : When pitchers are considered MVP candidates, it always brings on controversy. But Kershaw leads his Dodgers with a 12-7 record, and a tiny 1.80 E.R.A.
With the exception of batting average, Molina may not have some of the raw numbers as his fellow candidates.
However, Molina will certainly be graded on his intangibles: Handling a pitching staff, shutting down the run game, and overall defense and leadership.
Will these traits be enough for Yadier Molina to finally walk away with his first National League Most Valuable Player Award?