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.
Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.
Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?
"Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?"
No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.
Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.
I don't think they're any kind of lock, though I do expect they'll make the playoffs.
It's not like I'm glad they've gone 4-8. I just don't think it's time to be all that worried -- just like I didn't think they were going to keep playing .730 ball.
vegas isn't a fan of the game because of how erratic and unpredictable it is.
SF has recently won 3 world series many thought they weren't supposed to win...BOS won a world series recently that they weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs for...favored teams with huge wins have seen 1st round exists...fun times.
I think they'll be ok too. But having watched this team since the mid-60s, I never think it's time to conclude, well, thank god the drought is over. I've seen/heard way too many people who follow the Cubs say glad we're finally going to win the Series this year. Please. Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?
Best record in baseball and largest division lead.
I'm jumping right now!
Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?
,571 winning percentage in May.
I think they're gonna be OK.
RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.
Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?
Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.
If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.
Hi Arizona Phil,
Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?
O&B: Cease was apparently working on his off-speed pitches in his first & thrd innings, because in his second inning of work he just blew the D'backs away with high-velocity gas (that's when he hit 99-100 and struck out the side).