Joey Votto or Andrew McCutchen?

The NL MVP debate heats up as Pirates and Reds square off in Cincinnati

Updated: August 4, 2012, 12:49 AM ET

Our analysts -- Dan Szymborski, Chad Dotson and David Schoenfield -- take a look at the top storylines in the Pirates-Reds series, a battle between the NL Central's top two teams.

1. Does Joey Votto's injury mean Andrew McCutchen is the clear-cut NL MVP favorite?

Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski ), ESPN Insider: McCutchen's certainly the favorite at this point. David Wright has a solid argument for deserving the MVP as well, but voters don't tend to like to cast ballots for candidates ...

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