Well all the talk is about Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard. And certainly they are in serious contention for the award. But there is definitely a third person who has to be considered just as seriously. His name is Lance Berkman. Stat Breakdown Howard........ .314, 102 R, 58 HR, 146 RBI Pujols.......... .329, 116 R, 47 HR, 133 RBI Berkman....... .315, 94 R, 44, HR, 133 RBI I think whomever wins the Central Division gets the MVP. Berkman has had nobody hitting behind him all year to give him protection (up until just the past month with rookie Luke Scott). Howard has not come up big whatsoever in the last 10 days of the season when the Phillies have needed him most. The think the fact that he was going to be only the 3rd player in MLB to hit 60 home runs and have a chance at the all time home run record of 61 (well those that were not chemically altered, I mean) got to him just a tad. The only possible contender would be Jose Reyes, although his chances are remote.