Vote for the Cubs 2010 MVP and LVP
I do this every year, so might as well keep up tradition. In a season wrapped in disappointment and deep fried in irrelevancy, someone was still the best player on the Cubs. Someone was also the worst. Check out the numbers and cast your vote after the jump.
2009 - Lee (MVP) and Soriano (LVP)
2008 - Geovany Soto(MVP)
Your 2010 MVP Candidates
|M. Byrd||102||4.3||3.6||The bulk of the WAR value comes from generous numbers in his UZR defensive ratings which must be favorable to unnecessary dives. He was out-OPS'd by Fukudome, Soriano and Colvin.
|G. Soto||132||3.5||3.2||Generous OBP numbers thanks to being pitched around a lot while batting mostly in the bottom of the order. Nonetheless, his power came back after his disappointing 2008 season and you can't say he got himself out too often.
|| Errors aside, he's got the range to play shortstop and is the first 20-year old to hit over .300 and qualify since A-Rod (I believe).
|C. Marmol||170||3.1||3.9|| Set a Cubs record for strikeouts by a reliever, turned in 38 saves, converting his last 17.
|R. Dempster||112||3.5||3.2||200+ innings, over 200 K's, ERA+ north of 100 for third straight year.|
Your 2010 LVP Candidates
||0.8||Tried to play through neck problems, got old.
||0.1||Big money, little performance.
|| David Eckstein-lite.
|C. Zambrano||130||2.4||3.5|| Turned around his season in the 2nd half, but his loco act wore on everyone and seemed to be the beginning of the end of the 2010 season.
|L. Piniella||N/A||N/A||N/A||Checked out around May, batted Lee/Ramirez 3/4 all year, left Soto in the 7th/8th spot, kicked a puppy.|
I'll keep it open through the week and will get to our TCR prediction contest in the hopefully near future.
There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:
-6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100
Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel
Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.
Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.
For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.
He reminds me of a little of a young guy currently on the Cubs' DL, who is also tank-like in appearance.
draft signings are trickling in...rounds 6-9 are signed + a random slew of others.
filter by team.
Former Major League All-Star Jim Hickman dies at 79
Yep...sort of. Matheny says Rosenthal will no longer pitch the 9th, and they will mix/match Oh, Siegrist and Broxton.
Duane Underwood now 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA for Tenn. Urp. Warren not sharp at Iowa tonight. When will Cease and Hudson be ready?
On a positive note, Jiminez with his 10th HR tonight. He has a .924 OPS -- the only player in the league with an OPS over .900. Leads the lead in 2B, SLG and OPS, tied for the league lead in HR and 3rd in Avg. Nice!
- The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone.
- Joe will come up with more wacky dress-up ideas for the team to wear after they lose their next get-away game.
- There is more clarity on Spencer Patton.
- We play the Reds next. They aren't very good.
- We'll have at least a 9 game lead after today.
EDIT: - Contreras looks like the real deal.
Other than that, not much -- nasty stretch. Two ugly losses in the last 4 games.
Ugh -- give Lackey a 4-1 lead, you hope for better.
Joe: "We lost. They beat us. Now where's my '09 Guigal Bordeaux glass...?
I forgot how rail thin skinny Carl Edwards Jr. Is - he threw some nasty stuff - hope that continues
HAHAHA! I love it here! Brilliant...
"The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone."
Brilliant. Maddon is a genius!
"Drink copiously but responsibly."
Done and done. Thanks for that.
Oil Can Boyd now pitching for the Cubs