As the playoff race heats up, there will be three big topics that Pittsburgh Pirates fans will be discussing over the final month.
1. Forget this amazing playoff race! Let's focus on whether Russell Martin will return in the off-season.
2. My doctor said I can only watch public access TV because the Pirates' bullpen does horrible things for my blood pressure.
3. (Insert Player Here) is the MVP.
That third one is what we'll focus on today, mostly because I've written a lot on the other two. The MVP race is not an easy one to decide. There are three top candidates, led by the reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen. The MVP vote always leads to about 15 definitions of the word "valuable", which means that your pick is going to be determined by what you consider "valuable." Here are the top three contenders, along with the arguments for and the arguments against each player's MVP candidacy.
The Argument For: McCutchen is one of the best players in baseball. So nat...
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