NL Batter of the Fortnight
Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
|There's been excitement around|
Justin Upton since before the draft.
J-Upt's wOBA was over 80 points higher than the next best hitter.
NL wOBA Past 2 Weeks
Justin Upton .603
Ryan Braun .521
Troy Tulowitzki .502
Chase Utley .497
Much of Justin Upton's dominance this season may be attributed to his lower strikeout percentage.
Justin Upton K% by Season
Because of his combination of speed and ability to make solid contact, Justin Upton has always had a very high Batting Average on Balls in Play. His BABIP this season is .333 and .342 over his entire career. So, cutting down on strikeouts will positively affect his production even more than many guys who hit lost of popups and flyballs, or aren't fast enough to beat out infield hits.
Honorable mention: Braun, Tulowitzki, Utley, Dexter Fowler, Cameron Maybin, Freddie Freeman, and Dan Uggla
NL Pitcher of the Fortnight
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
|We xpect multiple Cy Young|
awards for Clayton Kershaw.
If you're leading in those four defense independant pitching stats, striking out over 11 per 9ip and walking less than 2 per 9ip, you're going to win this award every time.
Honorable mention: Yovani Gallardo, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Zack Greinke, Ian Kennedy, and Johnny Cueto
AL Batter of the Fortnight
Hideki Matsui, Athletics
Stranger things have happened.
Over the past fortnight, Hideki Matsui has crushed American League pitching to the tune of a .511/.547/.809 triple-slash line. It's a small sample size, of course, but 24 hits in 47 at bats is impressive at any level, let alone the Major Leagues.
Honorable mention: Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Ben Zobrist, Cliff Pennington, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, and Billy Butler
AL Pitcher of the Fortnight
Justin Verlander, Tigers
|Veterans seeing Verlander on the|
schedule may choose to call in sick.
Verlander went 3-0 in 3 starts, including a match-up with Cy Young Award competitor Jered Weaver on Sunday that he thoroughly dominated, taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning, and constantly lighting up the radar gone late in the games.
*Special apologies to Ervin Santana!
Honorable mention: Ervin Santana, Justin Masterson, and CC Sabathia