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NL East: Dishing out the hardware
It's been something of an odd season for the NL East, which features four teams that have disappointed and one (guess which) that has wildly exceeded expectations. Still, the division's chock full of players who have turned in excellent -- and in the cases of a few hitters, historic -- years. Were the NL East a league unto itself, and I its benevolent president-for-life, here's how I'd distribute the postseason hardware.
MVP: David Wright, Mets 3B
I recently expounded upon Wright's merits, and nothing has changed. Unless, of course, the Mets miss the playoffs. Then the trophy will have to go to J-Roll, who also joined the 30-30 club for the first time this season.
Odds he'll win the NL-wide award: 3-2.
Also considered: Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Hanley Ramirez, Chipper Jones.
Cy Young: Cole Hamels, Phillies SP
This has really not been a banner year for NL East hurlers, and the real award's a lock to head out west to Jake Peavy in San Diego. Hamels (14-5, 3.54 ERA) takes divisional honors by default, for being the one bright spot in the Phillies' rotation -- even though he recently missed a month.
Odds he'll win the NL-wide award: 40-1.
Also considered: John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, Oliver Perez.
Rookie of the Year: Peter Moylan, Braves RP
I bemoaned the unusual lack of quality rookies in the division back in April, and that dearth continued all season. One rookie (Matt Chico) ended up qualifying for the ERA title, and no one's eligible for the batting title. The East's top home run-hitting rookie -- Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz -- has slugged 18% as many bombs (6) as has Ryan Braun (33). So the award goes to Moylan, the bespectacled Aussie with the 1.82 ERA, at whom I believe the Braves should take a hard look as their closer next spring.
Odds he'll win the NL-wide award: 5,000-1.
Also considered: Ruiz, Kyle Kendrick, Yunel Escobar, Matt Lindstrom.
Manager of the Year: Manny Acta
An absolute no-doubter. Acta's worked wonders with the Nats, who have somehow gotten better as the season has gone along -- they're currently riding a four-game winning streak, and are on pace to finish with 73 wins, at least a dozen more than anyone expected of them. Acta has to be in the conversation for the NL-wide award (I think the NL West trio of Clint Hurdle, Bud Black and Bob Melvin might split that vote, especially after Black inadvertently tore the ACL of his own player this week), and one has to wonder whether the Mets think about their former third-base coach and wonder what might have been. In SI's Baseball Preview I wrote, "The Nationals will be hard-pressed to equal last year's win total of 71." Whoops.
Odds he'll win the NL-wide award: 3-1.
Also considered: Charlie Manuel.
Executive of the Year: John Schuerholz
Sure (Schuer?), Schuerholz's many trade deadline moves didn't work -- but not one of them appears to be a misstep, especially not the acquisition of Mark Teixeira, who has 54 RBIs in 51 games since coming over from Texas and could be the Braves' first baseman for years to come. I'm not blaming Schuerholz for failing to pick up the one asset that will keep the Braves out of the postseason -- an asset that was simply not available on the market: a quality starting pitcher.
Odds he'll win the MLB-wide award: 200-1
Also considered: Jim Bowden.
-- How bad a collapse would it constitute if the Mets fail to make the postseason? The second worst EVER, writes Nate Silver of Baseball Prospectus.
-- Even so, the Phillies' mathematical odds of making the playoffs still significantly less than 50/50.
-- As Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post writes, the Marlins may now have "the most overqualified bullpen coach in baseball history."
-- Talking Chop unearths one stat Scott Boras will likely use to get Andruw Jones an inevitably massive free-agent deal.
-- The Nats are so hot right now that they're winning even with their closer doing this in the bullpen.
Labels: NL East
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How can you take this blog seriously?? Who has had a bigger impact on the pennant race, Peter Moylan or Kyle Kendrick? Its not even close, Kendrick has rescued the Phillies after being called up from double A and morphed into their most reliable starter.
Taking nothing away from the job that Manny Acta has done, Charlie Manuel has dealt with the most injuries in the league and has kept his team loose and positive and now is a good weekend away from the NL East title. Accomplishing all of this while his seat has basically been on fire since spring training.
Plain and simple ... you're a dolt.
How can you not give the NLE MVP to Rollins? How can you not give the NLE Cy Young to Smoltz? How can you not give the NLE Manager to Manuel when he's going to win it for the whole league.
The only thing you can dish out is sheer crap to the CNNSI readers.
Do yourself a favor and drink some Draino.
How can you say the Phillies chances of making the playoffs are less than 50/50? BP has their chances at 59.07506.
Dude, way off with Moylan as your ROY. Take a look at the pitcher who beat the Braves last night and you have your winner. Going 10-4 with an ERA under 4, a respectable 1.27 WHIP in CBP and becoming the "ace" after Hamels went down. Moylan has been awesome and slightly edges Kendrick's VORP but he has not done as much for the Braves as a 1 inning guy, especially when the already have a good bullpen.
Rollins vs. Wright for NLE MVP?
J Roll has way more hits, runs, the same number of HRs and about 10 fewer RBI, even though he hits leadoff. Has played every single game as a Gold Glove shortstop.
After his pre-season challenge to the Mets, the Phillies have owned the Mets, winning eight straight head to head. Oh yeah, Jimmy has 6 HRs and 15 RBI vs the Mets.
This last week of the season, JR led off and scored in the first inning in all 3 games as they swept the Braves and tonight knocked in the first two runs and scored the third run as they lead the Nats 3-0.
How're the Mets and the "MVP" doing in the heat of the pennant race?
Ben, were you under the influence or are you just a complete moron?
...is this a joke?
I don't know what it is with you SI people and your Mets-obsessions, but Wright can't hold a candle to J-Roll. Jimmy Rollins is the one significant Phil not to miss a good stretch of the season. He's the heart and soul of the team, and provides great hitting and Gold-Glove caliber defense at short.
NL East Cy Young-wise, it ought to be Smoltz. Lower ERA, more wins.
And Kendrick has been much more important than Moylan. To give a middle reliever a divisional ROY...
The only managers who should be in NLE Manager of the year contention are Manuel and Bobby Cox. Randolph, Acta, and Gonzalez don't compare.
Kendrick would be my choice for rookie, he has done way more than Moylan could have dreamed of. But David Wright as MVP?!!!!! Shocked and awed by that choice. J-Roll is the only MLB player EVER to get over 200 hits, 15 triples, 25 HRs, 25 SBs. And only the third everyday SS EVER to have 30 HRs and 30 SBs. And set the AB record with a .295 BA. And past the stats he has lead the Phillies to the Brink of the postseason, while Wright and the mets blew a 7 game lead in 14 games. This is a no-brainer MVP choice, if Rollins does not get the MVP he has been robbed and I will have no respect for the Award
david wright is definitely the nl east mvp. if rollins cfould take more walks, then maybe he'd get my vote, but wright's got a better average, obp, and slg%. smoltz is clearly the nl east cy young, though, i'll say that much.
but yeah, i live in philly and the phillies are my 2nd favorite team, but anyone who tries to say rollins deserves the award over wright is being a wee bit blind.
kendrick hasn't been up long enough for him to be a slam-dunk anything, although he def. does deserve some consideration
"Plain and simple ... you're a dolt."
Says it all. . .
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