Travis goes back to the ballot box, and finds some new leaders for both of the MVP awards.
It’s been a few weeks, and maybe saying that I’d do these weekly was a bit much, but let’s take a look at how the landscape has changed in the “competitions” to determine each league’s best. Each player’s performance on the previous ballot will be put in parentheses.
What a difference a few weeks makes. What’s scaring me off of Hamilton is his .358 OBP. If he bumps that up a bit, he wins this thing. Until then, consider A-Rod the prohibitive favourite, as his cumulative totals are just gonna keep piling up. By the way, I’m stunned that the names Milton Bradley, Josh Hamilton, J.D. Drew, and Jason Giambi are all in the top six of this list. Talk about a motley crew in the American League this year.
Though I’m definitely still high on Utley, Uggla’s outpowered him at his own position and I realized that I haven’t been giving enough credit to Pujols’ skill in getting on base. If I did an all-MLB MVP list, this top five would likely be the same. Also, as long as Chipper floats around a .400 BA, I’ll have him in first, though I expect Berkman’s likely going to sneak back up top.
AL Cy Young
I had a bit of trouble justifying Greinke and Beckett in there over Jon Lester and Gavin Floyd, especially with Beckett’s ERA, but those K/BB numbers couldn’t be passed up. Otherwise, not much action at the very top, though Duchscherer should climb if he keeps up that ERA.
NL Cy Young
With the exception of Hamels replacing Carlos Zambrano, it’s the same group in here! I tried giving some weight to the guys who overpower with strikeouts, as nothing’s left to chance with that type of pitching, but having a record like Dempster or Webb’s or an ERA like Hudson’s definitely merits top ten consideration. I’ll definitely try to fine tune my methods in the coming weeks, as I was probably even a little narrow-minded on the earlier MVP rankings, but I feel the list I came up with here is a fairly accurate one.
AL Rookie of the Year
It’s gonna be tough for anybody to beat out Ellsbury in the race this year, though Longoria’s got the best shot if he can keep raising those power numbers. Also, I might admit to a slight amount of bias in that five-spot.
NL Rookie of the Year
It might still be early (and Jay Bruce still has something to say about this list), but Campillo’s held his own as a starter thus far, and should be considered the best guy until any drop-off occurs. For now, his line’s still fantastic, he doesn’t walk too many (though they are starting to go up), and his starts have been pretty good. I doubt he’ll hold on, but he’s the best of the lot for now.
Best Set-Up Man
I’m honestly unsure of whether this category’s even worthwhile, as everybody in the role’s incredibly similar. As for Marmol’s drop from the top, his walks are a bit high, but his total holds and his incredibly high strikeout rate definitely place him in a prominent spot on this ballot.
My AL All-Star Ballot (Using the vague stats provided by MLB.com!)
My NL All-Star Ballot
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