MVP race gets interesting with better performances

Gabe PodairContributor ISeptember 12, 2008

With the end of the baseball season comes MVP talks. This year there haven't been too many standout performances from many players. In the NL there are players like Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and Chase Utley of the Phillies who have been consistent standout performers.

Recently players like Carlos Delgado have also heard their names spoken about in the MVP conversations. Delgado, who the Mets were considering releasing, has had an outstanding second half. Since the all-star break Delgado has hit .295 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI's. 

Currently Delgado and Chase Utley seem to be the two favorites, but since the second half of the season Utley has slowed down his production and has let Delgado steal the headlines.

League MVP's are decided by an elected group of voters. Voters vote based on many individual categories as well as team categories. Since the Mets are currently the first place team in the NL East, Carlos Delgado seems like the favorite out of the two, but ever since the collapse last year who knows what the outcome will be.

 If the writers lean towards voting for a more established, higher average, Albert Pujols may be the favorite. If the writers lean towards voting for power numbers and a team in playoff contention Delgado and Utley may be the favorites.  No matter who wins the division the National League  MVP race will be a very interesting one.