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2011 NL MVP Pick

The National league Most Valuable Player could be a tight race in 2011 as many of the league’s best superstars are poised to have a great season. Here is a look at some of the candidates for the award.

Albert Pujols -- St Louis Cardinals

Albert Pujols was the NL Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner in 2010.  He was on track to win his fourth MVP award (third consecutive). He only received one first place vote losing to Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds, who received 31 votes. 

In 2011 Pujols will get his redemption and win the award again and here are a few reasons why.

Pujols is simply the best first baseman in the National League. It is of course cliché to pick Mr. Consistent every year for MVP, but let's face it he will be consistent with his game play, and any player that does what he does game after game, and season after season, deserves to be MVP.  Now most voters seem to think an MVP has to come from a playoff team, so maybe that is why he was snubbed last year.  However; this year will put the doubters to rest as the Cards are the best team in their division. Improvements in the bullpen and the infield will boost St Louis to the top of the NL Central with Pujols leading the way.  And he may be crowned MVP.

Just like any good skipper it is always good to have a backup.  So let's take look at the next best possibility

 

Troy Tulowitzki -- Colorado Rockies.  What makes Troy the popular choice?
Tulowitzki has a quick strong swing that causes damage almost every game as one of the besthitters in baseball. He has a good eye for the strike zone and defensively is considered one of the best in the league. He is one of the most sure handed shortstops in the game and always gets the jump on the ball.

As a club leader the Rockies realized how important he was and rewarded him with a nice contract. The Rockies are pleased with his sensational defense, his hitting power and the way he turns it up a notch or two come September.  In fact, they are so pleased they signed him to a seven year, $134 million extension, thus ensuring he stays with the franchise thru 2020.   

The Rockies are stacked with young talent (Jimenez, Tulo, Gonzalez, Fowler) and Troy will be back in the form he was in years ago when he led the Rox to the World Series.

Tulo wears #2 because he admires Derek Jeter, his arm, range and instincts at shortstop are highly regarded; his size, ability and leadership skills have garnered him comparisons to Cal Ripken, Jr., Alex Rodriguez and of course Derek Jeter.  Not a bad bunch to be compared to.

The race for the MVP will come down to the wire and all of the usual suspects will be involved.