Upon further review, I was too hard on Ryan Howard. I'm still not sure I would vote him MVP, but I can make a much better argument for him now.
Howard's low OPS can be mostly attributed to his lack of production with the bases empty. Howard is .192/.275/.440 with no one aboard. His BABIP is .212, which probably is a result of "the shift." With men on base, Howard's numbers are .306/.395/.637.
He has nearly the same number of PAs in both situations. But he has 20 fewer Ks with men on base, plus 10 more walks.
With RISP, Howard is .315/.436/.571.
With RISP and 2 outs, Howard is .318/.453/.541.
And he's been off the charts good the past month.
Overall, he's got 87 H and 115 RBI with men on base.
Is it enough to be awesome for only half the game and pretty much dreadful otherwise? Albert Pujols' OPS is the same whether the bases are empty or there are runners on base -- 1.104.