The player with the highest batting average isn’t necessarily the guy that will win the MVP. Actually that rarely is the main factor in a player winning the MVP award. Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies is striving hard for the National League batting title none-the-less. The competition for the lead in N.L. batting average between him, Atlanta Braves’ Chris Johnson and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates is all over the place.
After the Braves played the Chicago Cubs this afternoon Johnson pulled even with Cuddyer at .331 with a 3 for 4 performance. That has been the way it has gone. Back and forth constantly the two players are flip-flopping the top spot with McCutchen hanging a few points back fairly steadily. Either of the three could take home the title of N.L. batting champion but for now it looks like Cuddyer might have the edge.
Over his last ten games he is batting .359 where Johnson is batting .351 over the same stretch. That isn’t a huge difference but the way things are looking, the man that wins this will not win by more than an average point her two. While some might not look highly on the two players most likely to win this season, the batting title should be one of the more prestigious seasonal awards in all of Major League Baseball.