Saturday, July 31, 2010

Player of the Fortnight vol. 2

The All-Star Break ended two weeks ago, last night, which means we may welcome back one of Baseball's most prestegious awards: the BAseball Reality Tour Player of the Fortnight Awards.

The last time we handed out some hardware, July 9th, the awards went to Rafael Furcal, Josh Johnson, Ian Kinsler, and Jon Lester.

NL Hitter of the Fortnight
Rickie Weeks, Brewers

A few numbers: .326/.441/.837. Power and patience were present, as he only hit 6 singles, while clubbing 7 HR's in 49 AB's and drawing 8 BB's.

It gives us great pleasure to see Weeks here, since we traded for him during the All Star Break, thus benefiting from all of this production. What makes it extra sweet is that he was basically a throw-in, as we were targeting Miguel Cabrera in the swap.

Others receiving votes: Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Chris Johnson (!)*, and Joey Votto.

NL Pitcher of the Fortnight
Brett Myers, Astros

A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to write a post expoloring who's be a better trade target, Brett Myers or Ted Lilly. It still seems like an open debate, as Lilly has also had a great fortnight. Roy Halladay, Matt Cain, Tommy Hanson, Josh Johnson, and even R.A. Dickey deserve to be mentioned for their performances, but Myers get the hardware this time. Brett's FIP only trailed Tommy Hanson's in the NL, and by the slimmest of margins 1.99 to 1.98. His xFIP was by far the best in the league (2.03), when the 2nd best score was Josh Johnson's 2.84.

If you're partial to more standard numbers, Brett Myers started two games, went 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA, faced 60 batters, allowing 9 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 20. One of his starts was a Complete Game.

*What a fortnight it has been for the Astros! Everyone is talking about the trades of their two franchise players in Oswalt and Berkman, and rightfully so. Meanwhile, they could have been concentrating more on the great performances by Brett Myers and Chris Johnson.

AL Hitter of the Fortnight
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

With trade rumors swirling around him like a tornado swooping up Dominican Dorothy & Toto in Kansas, if Kansas were in Canada, Jose Bautista has continued to pound the ball and hit Homeruns. He leads all of baseball with 31 HR's, including 7 in the past fortnight. His slash line is a robust .434/.483/.962 (.962!) Bautista has been the best player in baseball since the ASB. For those of you who are inclined to use wOBA, his was an unheard of .604. (For comparison's sake, Rickie Weeks slugged .837, with a .529 wOBA.)

Others receiving votes: Nelson Cruz, Jack Cust, Danny Valencia, Delmon Young (what a crew!)

AL Pitcher of the Fortnight
Cliff Lee, Rangers

Let there be no doubt, the best pitcher in baseball since the break has been Cliff Lee. At this point, if I were an agent, I would want my pitching clients to get sent down to Triple-A Buffalo and go on the 2007 Cliff Lee regiment. What's really odd is that he wasn't even good during his stink in Buffalo. He went 1-3 with a 5.5 BB/9 inning mark that would make any pitching coach cringe. Yet, he's come back into our lives with the Indians, Phillies, Mariners, and Rangers as this generations Lefty Grove.

Okay, so he's not Lefty Grove, but the past three years, he's been a dead ringer for vintage Tom Glavine. One stat: the past two weeks, Lee's K/BB ratio has been 23/1.

Others receiving votes: Shaun Marcum, Gavin Floyd, Francisco Liriano, CJ Wilson, Carl Pavano, Neftali Feliz, and Felix Hernandez.

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