Saturday, June 13, 2009

MLB All Star Ballot - June 13, 2009

AL

1B -
Justin Morneau - Morneau beats out Teixiera. The two have similar numbers. It comes down to Teixiera having 4 more home runs and Morneau batting 40 points higher. It is hard to argue with .336

2B -
Aaron Hill - Hill beats out Ian Kinsler (MLB's favorite target). Besides Hill being more likeable according to MLB pitchers, Hill has been at the plate 30 more times than Kinsler while cashing in for 20 more hits giving him a significantly higher batting average. The two are equal in terms of RBIs and HRs while Kinsler has nine more stolen bases. This is sure to be tight race for years with Kinsler, Pedroia, Hill, and Cano at 2B in the AL.

SS -
Derek Jeter - This should belong to Bartlett who still has the most impressive stats after missing some time, but you cannot infer that his average would still be this high had he been playing hithero. Jeter edges out Marco Scutaro for the honor. The two have similar stats since Scutaro cooled off; however, Jeter takes the nod as he has been way more efficient on the base paths.

3B -
Evan Longoria - It is hard to make an argument for anybody besides Longoria given his performance.

C -
Joe Mauer - Mauer missed some time earlier in the season, but did not hesitate to make up for lost time. He recently matched his career high for home runs with 13. His BA, OBP, SLG, and OPS are outstanding. Victor Martinez is the only catcher with more RBIs (Martinez has had 100 more ABs than Mauer and only leads by five).

OF -
Ichiro Suzuki, Jason Bay, Torii Hunter - Ichiro and Bay are guarantees. The two are having phenomenal seasons all around. The last spot was a tough one. For me it was a call between Hunter, Adam Jones, and Nelson Cruz. Cruz is batting about .284 while Hunter and Jones are hitting .312 and .326 respectively. Hunter has eight more RBIs and 6 more SBs, so he receives the slight nod.

NL


1B -
Albert Pujols - Pujols' stats across the board are right out superior to any other first baseman in the NL. Some can compete in HRs, others in RBIs, and others in AVG, but none entirely across the board.

2B -
Chase Utley - Tough call between Phillips and Utley(Orlando Hudson is also having a nice season but his stats are not just there yet). Phillips has three triples to Utley's none. Utley has five more home runs. The two are within one RBI and stolen base within each other; however, Utley has yet to be caught on the base paths while Phillips has a success of 60% on the bases. In terms of fielding stats the two are dead even. The difference comes down to Utley's compact little swing which makes him way more efficient at plate and a bigger threat to get on base.

SS -
Hanley Ramirez - It comes down to Ramirez, Miguel Tejada, and Yunel Escobar. I really want to give the nod to Escobar. I passed up on an early short stop in each of my four fantasy leagues and picked Escobar late in the draft. He has been a terrific value for me since I was able to round off my teams at other positions higher in those drafts. Unfortunately, we are voting for the player with the best season not Fantasy value at draft position, so the vote goes to the man who was draft first or at least in the top of five of most drafts.

3B -
David Wright - It is a tough call between Zimmerman, Wright, and Reynolds. If Zimmerman kept up his pace he could have been the clear cut winner, but Wright's surge earns him the vote. Zimmerman does not provide the same stats around the base paths while Reynolds is a hit or miss, strikeout machine. David Wright has been great all around and even has a few triples to show for it.

C -
Brian McCann - This one comes down to McCann and Molina, Bengie Molina. Considering McCann's stint on the DL with eye difficulties, I'll excuse him for the lacking RBIs for the missed time. Even with the eye problems, McCann has been better at the plate batting 75 points higher and an OPS that is .270 more than Molina's. I would have given the nod to Molina because of defense, but McCann has been right up there in the time that he has played behind the plate.

OF -
Raul Ibanez, Carlos Beltran, Brad Hawpe - Ibanez has his name right up there with Pujols and Longoria for MVP. Beltran has kept the injury stunned Mets afloat; thus, earning himself All Star recognition. And then it comes down to a number of names including Ryan Braun, Adam Dunn, Andre Either, Brad Hawpe, Matt Kemp, Carlos Lee, Hunter Pence, and Justin Upton. If Manny Ramirez had decided not to get caught for taking steroids (sorry, disguising taking steroids), then this decision would be a lot easier (and the Dodgers would have a ridiculous Outfield - Juan Pierre is doing a great job though). Among those I settled on Dunn, Hawpe, Braun, and Lee. Then I took a coin (old school Kennedy half dollar) and made a bracket (based on last name): Braun vs. Lee and Dunn vs. Hawpe. Braun and Dunn were heads. First flip = heads, Second flip = heads. Braun vs. Dunn, Braun is heads again. Third flip = heads. I didn't like the turn out so I am just going to go with Brad Hawpe (three straight heads?).

Additional


AL Starter -
Zach Greinke - It comes down to Greinke, Roy Halladay, and Justin Verlander. Verlander stands out in terms of strikeouts. Doc is captain longevity. While Greinke's ERA and K:BB ratio is outstanding. With the injury to Halladay and the possibility of missing time, barring an serious derailment, Greinke should have this locked up.

AL Closer -
Frank Francisco - The closer role comes down to Jonathan Papelbon, Frank Francisco, Joe Nathan, and Mariano Rivera in save opportunities. Unfortunately for Mo, all outings must be considered so those non save opportunities hurt him. Papelbon and Nathan have been dead even in terms of stats. While Francisco's ERA and the fact that he hasn't blown a save hitherto separates him from the other two even though he hasn't had as many outings.

NL Starter -
Tim Lincecum - This spot comes down to Chad Billingsley, Dan Haren, Tim Lincecum, and Johan Santana. Each man has an ERA under 3.00 and at least 90 K's. Haren has the least walks, but has the most losses to show for because his D'backs are in last place. Billingsley has the most walks and the highest ERA of the group. Between Lincecum and Santana, both have great WHIPs and are the respective aces on each man's team so it comes down to Tim having better hair. The Mets and the Giants have the same record and position in their division, so this maybe a match-up to set up setting for October if the NL Central doesn't hold up.

NL Closer - Bullpen By Committee - Honestly one cannot choose between Heath Bell, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Cordero, Ryan Franklin, Trevor Hoffman, and Francisco Rodriguez. A 0.00 ERA, some very close to zero, 30.0 Innings plus work horses, only 1 blown save for each besides Hoffman with 0 and Broxton with 2. Hopefully, the
race can clear up by the time of the All Star game; we will surely see most of these guys at the game. (If I had to chose it would be K-Rod who was been out there for almost twice the innings Hoffman has, but was only given up two runs to Hoffman's none).

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