Vote for Cubs 2011 MVP and LVP
2011 Cubs MVP
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Previous winners include:
- 2010 - Carlos Marmol
- 2009 - Derrek Lee
- 2008 - Geovany Soto
WAR values come from Baseball Reference, ranking is for team of course, not the league.
|Castro||307/342/431 111 OPS+, 2.2 WAR||1st in BA, H, 2B, 3B, R + 2nd in SB, 4th in OBP|
|Garza||10-10, 3.20 ERA, 198 IP, 197 K, 118 ERA+, 2.5 WAR,||1st in ERA, W, K, WHIP + 2nd in IP for starters|
|Marshall||2.26 ERA, 5 SV, 34 HLDS, 173 ERA+, 2.5 WAR||1st in ERA, WHIP and HLDS|
|Ramirez||306/361/510 136 OPS+, 3.6 WAR
||1st in RBI, SLG + 2nd in BA, H, R, HR, OBP|
|Ricketts||Fired Hendry, spent a lot on the draft|
2011 Cubs LVP
Click here if you're having issues with the poll within the post. Previous losers were:
- 2010 - Lou Piniella
- 2009 - Alfonso Soriano
|Jim Hendry||left team with little rotation depth, and lots of dead weight on contracts.|
|Carlos Marmol||2-6, 4.01 ERA, 34 SV, 10 BSV, 98 ERA+, 0.9 WAR||blew league leading 10 Saves|
|Mike Quade||acted very confused, consistently...|
|Alfonso Soriano||244/289/469 104 OPS+, 1.4 WAR||if you care to concentrate on the value portion of LVP, Soriano gave little bang for the buck|
|Carlos Zambrano||9-7, 4.82 ERA, 145.2 IP, 81 ERA+, 1.4 WAR||similar to Soriano, money paid grossly overstated to performance given. May have kicked a puppy.|
I'll leave it open through the end of the week. Comments always appreciated.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.
If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.
If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.
Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.
The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.
I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.
Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.