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Jones is batting just .202 with runners in scoring position. I don't see how his hitting has been more timely this year. Also, he still tends to hit more solo home runs than homers with runners on. I know I'm biased, but I think Win Shares has him just right.

Thanks for the comment, Studes, and I'm a little intimidated to respond.

Here's how I defend it. Round about June 11, when Atlana was really scrambling and the Phils and Nationals were starting to win, Andruw delivered timely hits when they needed it. The Baltimore sweep was huge and he was the biggest reason why it happened. One of those solo shots you mentioned was a walk-off blast in the ninth.

I'm using the same reasoning to defend why I'm naming Chase Utley Phils MVP over Bobby Abreu (coming tonight or tomorrow), in large, because of Utley's grand slam during the 12-1 homestand. It was an important single statement Abreu has yet to make in his career.

I think there's a little bias, too. I've watched the Braves win 13 consecutive division titles. At the half, he's the biggest reason why they're in shape to win No. 14.

Valid point, Studes, and I'm glad you're checking in from Hardball Times. I checked Win Shares often while writing this piece, hesitated for a moment, and decided to go with him anyway. I also just checked your piece today and I'm glad to see some love going out to Northampton Pa. native Brian Schneider. Win Shares are a blessing when evaluating players like him.

It's unpopular, and it's hard to argue an expert, but I'm holding my ground with Andruw.

Fair enough, Beerleaguer. You're watching your specific teams more closely than I am.

Don't be intimidated -- you're definitely holding your own!

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