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.