ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals players have been asked so often to describe Yadier Molina that they're all out of superlatives. When he does something now to win yet another game, they look at each other and shake their heads like the rest of us.
"He's a joke," Matt Carpenter said Wednesday night. "The guy is that good. You can't say enough good things about him. He's a joke. That's really all there is to it."
Seriously, the only joke at this point is to consider another player more deserving of the NL MVP award than the 29-year-old St. Louis catcher.
Yes, I know. It's too early to be talking end-of-season awards. Plus, Molina lacks the homer and RBI totals that many MVP voters still (over) rely on. Finally, the steamy St. Louis summer still to come could wear down Molina and certainly eat away at his majors-best .365 batting average.
But if they handed out MVPs for half-seasons, Molina already could be figuring out where his tattoo could be ...