In the inaugural season of BEONDECK.com, I want to thank all my readers for reading the blog. I hope this blog has become a fantasy baseball resource you read each day. At this point, there is not much more I can do to help you win your fantasy league. You have either won, have a comfortable lead, or holding on by the slimmest of margins. Whatever the case may be, your fate is in the hands of the fantasy Gods. So, I will give you my picks for the most popular pieces of baseball hardware. The MVPs and Cy Young winners are:
National League MVP: JOEY VOTTO
Carlos Gonzalez and Albert Pujols put together fine seasons and are also deserving. Votto wins because his OPS ranks first in all of the National League and because, from April to September, he never once fell into an extended slump. MVPs don’t necessarily need to be awarded to playoff-bound players and it’s not the reason I’m denying Cargo and Pujols the trophy. Votto gets it because he was the most valuable player to his team this season in the National League.
American League MVP: JOSH HAMILTON
Hamilton didn’t play as many games this year as Miguel Cabrera, another deserving candidate, but it’s hard to hold that against him when he accomplished so much in limited time. Hamilton might not play before the end of the regular season because a fracture in his rib cage. Still, he posted a league-leading .361 batting average and blasted 31 home runs in 507 at-bats for the NL West champion Rangers. Hamilton also played solid defense throughout the year in left and center field.
National League Cy Young: ROY HALLADAY
Marlins ace Josh Johnson finished the year with a 2.30 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 186 strikeouts over 183 2/3 innings. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright turned in a 2.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 213 strikeouts in 230 1/3 innings this season while walking just 56 batters. Both were great, but not as great at Roy Halladay. Halladay leads all the major league pitchers in innings pitched with 250 2/3.
American League Cy Young: FELIX HERNANDEZ
It is easy for the majority of national baseball writers to focus on the race between Yankees lefty CC Sabathia and Rays left David Price because of higher win totals and a bigger stage. However, King Felix has been better than both of them. He ranks second to Halladay in innings pitched and on top of that, Hernandez is second to Jered Weaver with 227 strikeouts. All the rest of it does not matter – Hernandez has been the best pitcher in the AL this season and to think differently is not fair.
In other fantasy news from Tuesday…..
- The Cardinals have scratched Adam Wainwright from his final start because of a right elbow strain.
- Justin Smoak has hit a home run in each of the last two games. Look for Smoak to have a solid campaign in Seattle next season.
- Stephen Strasburg, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has begun performing core-strengthening exercises.
- Daniel Hudson is done for the season. He injured his middle finger, but it is not considered to be serious. There is no point to push him.
- Jason Giambi has been shut down for the season. My guess is he will call it quits.
- Michael Bourn is unlikely to bat again this season.