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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?


AL MVP?

Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.

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What do you make of Miguel Cabrera winning AL MVP?

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    82%
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NL MVP?

Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).

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What do you make of Andrew McCutchen winning NL MVP?

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    74%
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Who's No. 1?

Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?

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Who is the best player in baseball?

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    53%
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    8%
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    8%
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    17%
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    14%

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Will the Pirates bounce back?

Ouch. For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, dropping a 2-1 series lead to the St. Louis Cardinals has to hurt, no matter how long they've waited just to taste the postseason again. On the other hand, the Buccos did snap that decades-long run of futility with ease, winning 94 games, beating the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card game, and coming thisclose to taking down a division rival. What to make of it all? Is this just the beginning?

How would you characterize the 2013 season for the Pirates?

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    81%
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    19%

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  • How would you feel right now if you were a Pirates fan?

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      72%
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      28%

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  • How much of an effect will the 2013 season, including the ending, have on the Pirates' confidence going forward?

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      70%
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      23%
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  • How do you rank Andrew McCutchen among baseball's best players?

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      6%
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      52%
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      42%

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  • Who is the Pirates' best player besides Andrew McCutchen?

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      43%
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      19%
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      29%
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      9%

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  • How many games will the Pirates win in 2014?

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      10%
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      61%
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      29%

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  • How far will the Pirates go in 2014?

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      13%
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      22%
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      35%
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      23%
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Pirates, Cardinals knotted at 2

What started as a dream turned into an almost nightmare for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who went from possible National League Division Series winners to near no-hit victims thanks to the exploits of Michael Wacha on Monday. In the end Wacha again couldn't close the hitless deal -- it lasted 7 1/3 innings -- but his St. Louis Cardinals still won 2-1, tying the series at two with a trip to the Heartland coming Wednesday. Can the Pirates bounce back? What about that other NLDS?

  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals NLDS (tied 2-2)?

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      39%

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  • How much will losing Game 4 at home affect the Pirates mentally in Game 5?

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      51%
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  • How far will the Pirates go this season?

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      20%
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      44%
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      19%

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  • Michael Wacha has taken a no-hitter deep into two straight games. Will he ever throw a no-hitter?

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      63%
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      37%

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  • Are you rooting for the Pirates to win the World Series?

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      53%
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      47%

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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Cardinals thrash Pirates in Game 1

That warm feeling emanating from Pittsburgh, following the Pirates' big wild-card win over the Cincinnati Reds? Cooled. That'll happen when you allow the St. Louis Cardinals to score seven runs in the third inning, en route to a 9-1 loss in Game 1 of their National League Division Series showdown. Will the Pirates be able to recover?

  • Will the Pirates recover mentally from their 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1?

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      60%
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      40%

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  • Who is more to blame for the Pirates allowing seven runs in the third inning of Game 1?

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      75%

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  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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      58%
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      42%

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  • How will the Pirates-Cardinals series be decided?

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      34%
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  • Are you rooting for the Pirates to win the World Series?

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      53%
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      47%

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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      17%
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      22%
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      34%
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      27%

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