Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer
The Cardinals notice Yadier Molina's impact every season, but MVP voters only take note when Molina puts up impressive offensive numbers. This is one of those seasons. The only times he finished in the top five in MVP voting were 2012 and 2013, when he had OPSes of .874 and .836. At 34, he is having his best season at the plate since then. Molina leads all major league catchers in hits (152) and doubles (35). He is batting .301 overall and .355 (with a .900 OPS) since the All-Star break.