ST. LOUIS -- As many statistics as there are in baseball, at least one more is needed. There needs to be a number to measure the intangibles, those hard-to-quantify factors that can't be found in the box score (or even on fangraphs.com).
Otherwise, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina never will win what he deserved to win Thursday night: The NL MVP award.
Instead, Molina finished third, just one place ahead of last year.
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first-place votes to win in a landslide. He finished with 419 points while Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came in second with 232.
Molina, who received the other two first-place votes, finished with 219 points. Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter was fourth, with 194. Both players were named on all 30 ballots, though Molina was voted as low as 10th on one and ninth on two others.
Molina received his first-place votes from St. Louis Post-Dispatch writers Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel, ...