ARCH wrote:The thing is teams HAVE intentionally walked Ortiz to pitch to Manny this season and in almost all cases Manny has NOT delivered. I'm not saying Manny is not clutch but most teams would obviously far rather pitch to him than Ortiz late in games.
I'm skeptical. You are probably remembering the times he failed and not the times he succeeded. Any stats that bear this out? He's hitting .311 with runners on, which is only slightly below his full season average.
As to MVP, I think they cancel themselves out. I can't see either winning unless one of them really leaps forward over the other by the end of the year.
On the other hand, no one else stands out right now, so the next month or so will decide it.