Yeah, he's no joke. I think if Howard didn't go down on the DL he'd probably be up there right now with him. Definitely not for AVG, but HR and RBI. Hell, Howard is still third in the NL for RBIs, after being down for over two weeks.
if the season ended today i would give it to adrian gonzales in the NL and robinson cano in the AL
both are leading their leagues in the wins above replacement stat, which is like a quarterback rating for baseball players. this is the single most important stat in figuring out who is the actualy most valuable player.
here's a twist - zack grienke should have won the AL MVP last year. he had a WAR of 9.0, which is nuts