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

Name OPS+/ERA+ WAR WARP Notes
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.
S. Castro  92  1.9 2.1
 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

Name OPS+/ERA+ WAR WARP Notes
D. Lee
96
1.2
 0.8 Tried to play through neck problems, got old.
A. Ramirez
92
0.9
 0.1 Big money, little performance.
R. Theriot
71
 -0.3 0.1
 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.

Comments

Tough to tag Z as the LVP because of his strong finish, but finished is what the Cubs were ... his first half wasn't nearly as bad as the numbers say, but after the incident v. the White Sox, the team's season was pretty much beyond recovery.

just threw it out as an option, certainly not where my vote would go, but everyone wanted to blame Bradley last year as well.

(glad to see the TCR'ers voted Soriano though).

speaking of wrecks...the comments have started off smashingly...by that i mean, blissfully ignorant MVP Baseball video game trades just need 2 clicks of a button and money is just a number.

For the record, I LOVED MVP Baseball.

EA Sports, why have you forsaken me....

wtf...baseball-reference.com has removed matt murton's japanese stats (usually found under minors stats).

they've also removed alex ramirez's 2010 stats-in-progress.

odd.

http://deadspin.com/5655310/checking-back-in-...

the link in the article didn't go anywhere for me, but apparently some guy bet against the Pirates all year and made 10% on his investment.

It didn't mention that he also bet against the Padres all year and lost 30% on that one.

Even though he's not a player, I guess the P could stand for "personage" and that made Pinhead the clear cut winner for me.

The only thing I could remember him doing right all year long was moving Zambrano to the pen. At each turn he seemed to analyze each of his alternatives, then carefully pick the worst possible one... then go into the post game press conferences and say "I am doing everything I can" - incomepetence and deflection, the perfect combo for an LVP.

Marmol got my vote, just because he made 1 in 3 games entertaining, trying to strike out his 18 batters/9.

Has anyone noticed how similar Jeff Baker's statistics were during his two-year Cub run? http://i51.tinypic.com/51t4kk.png I guess that's his true ceiling.

hard to vote for reliever for mvp

Aram should be running away with vote for LVP.

aram should be jogging away with vote for lvp ~ fixed.

haha... I agree, jacos, I voted Byrd for MVP, just because I can't see a reliever being more valuable than a regular player. Still, Marmol was pretty damn good, so I wouldn't blame anyone for voting for him.

LVP I picked Z just because he was missing much of the season with non-injury related issues.

Z was the LVP because he missed much of the season with Lou-related issues?

The Lou-st Valuable Player?

"Checked out around May"- Lou

You forgot to put in the year, 2009.

No consideration for Sean Marshall? He had a damn good year, too.

how would anyone possibly argue that he was any better or more important than Marmol though?

True. I hadn't thought of that. I was mostly just thinking that he was probably more valuable overall than Castro, for example (I don't mean that as a knock on Castro).

It was a lot easier to pick a MVP than it was the LVP. There were just so many that sucked.

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  • Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.

    Tito 1 min 17 sec ago view
  • 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?

    billybucks 7 min 53 sec ago view
  • "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.

    The E-Man 17 min 46 sec ago view
  • 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.

    Tito 31 min 57 sec ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 39 min 35 sec ago view
  • 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?

    BobbyD 51 min 36 sec ago view
  • Best record in baseball and largest division lead.

    I'm jumping right now!

    Tito 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?

    Brick 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • ,571 winning percentage in May.

    I think they're gonna be OK.

    Tito 3 hours 54 min ago view
  • 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.   

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 13 min ago view
  • 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?

    BobbyD 6 hours 15 min ago view
  • 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.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 21 min ago view
  • 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.

    CTSteve 8 hours 28 min ago view
  • Hi Arizona Phil,

    Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?

    Raisin101 15 hours 9 sec ago view
  • bruh...

    crunch 16 hours 14 min ago view
  • 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). 

    Arizona Phil 16 hours 33 min ago view