Originally Posted by RedsManRick
From what I see, Bruce is 14th in OPS. Number 13 is Aaron Hill. Number 15 is David Freese.
If we want to go old school and add RBI to the conversation, his 91 leaves him behind Ryan Braun, Chase Headley and Matt Holliday -- and just ahead of Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Adam LaRoche.
I'm not sure what list you are looking at but your stats are out of date. Bruce is # 9 in OPS. 3rd in RBI's, and the two guys ahead of hom (Braun and Headley) have zero chance of winning the MVP.
If Bruce gets and keeps his OPS above .900 and leads the league in RBI's, he could win the MVP. Especially since his reputation is of an elite defensive player. Which likely trumps the "new" fielding stats which suggest otherwise.
The Reds are an elite team in the NL this season, even though their elite player went down. If Bruce continues to do what he has been doing ( an big "if" I agree), the most likely competition is McClutch, but while he's playing for another "feel good" team, he and his team have fallen off the map again.
BTW, I'm not suggesting that Bruce is the actual MVP of the league. But I'm looking at what voters have tended to prefer in the past, and a rejuneated Bruce fits that bill to a T.
(1) On a contender, if not playoff team-check in spades.
(2) High on the list of MVP stats, such as RBI's- check in spades ( I'm assuming here Bruce leads the league or is close).
(3) Carried his team down the stretch-check in spades (again my assumption was a good September).
(4) Intangibles. Bruce is considered an elite defensive GG type player and will have carried a team void of the best hitter in the game into the playoffs-check in spades.
I don't see anyone else with that type of story to tell in the NL.
BTW, my current personal choice is Molina of the Cards. IMO, he's been the most valuable player to any of the current contenders.