With the last day of the regular season upon us, WSBGMs is ready to handout our Phillies team awards.
Carson = Red
Corey = Green
Carlos Ruiz - the rotation is awesome, but who is the commander of that fleet of ships? Chooch. He's the captain on the field, the play caller, the man at the center of it all and he's decent at the plate as well as behind it. For the 2nd year in a row, he leads the club in OBP (.400 in '10, and .373 this year).
Shane Victorino – The most productive offensive player is by far Hunter Pence but he hasn’t been here long enough to qualify for MVP. Ryan Howard would seem the obvious choice because of his home run and RBI numbers. But I’m going with the Phils most consistent player, Shane Victorino. His OPS is only bested by Mayberry and Pence. And despite missing a good number of games due to injury, he is first in runs, second in hits, second in doubles, third in homers, third in RBI, second in total bases and second in steals. And he plays a legitimate Gold Glove caliber centerfield.
Roy Halladay - Cliff Lee might have 2 extremely flashy months of near perfection, but Doc was consistent all year long. ERA by month: April- 2.14, May- 3.00, June- 2.00, July- 2.57, August- 2.62, September- 1.70. Best pitcher in baseball.
Cliff Lee – I think valid arguments could be made for Lee, Halladay or even Cole Hamels. Statistically, very little separates each of the big three. Lee gets my nod because the scoreless inning streaks and the six shutouts. His season had a little more flare than the others and during awards season, style matters.
Ryan Howard - homerun and RBI machine, he is. Everything else...not so much. His .829 OPS is 8th best in baseball out of qualified first basemen, and 39th overall in MLB. His defense has improved to being adequate/mediocre, but he continues to trend downward offensively and get slower on the base paths. His contract does not reflect his production, and will eventually hamper the Phillies from improving other areas of need. I am glad he's a Phillie, but the man is overrated.
Ryan Howard. See Carson’s answer.
Kyle Kendrick - I was shocked to see this was Corey's answer too, because of his obvious distaste for KK. His reasons listed for why Kendrick is undervalued are the same as mine, so read below.
Kyle Kendrick – Every time Kendrick was listed as the starter, I huffed and frowned. He was the sixth best starter on the team. But when Oswalt was hurt or they had to play like 40 games in thirty days, Kendrick came through for this team more often than expected. Kendrick was 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 114.2 innings (15 starts.) By comparison, the Mets BEST starting pitcher was RA Dickey, who posted a 3.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Think about this – Kyle Kendrick would probably be the Mets Opening Day starter next season. Sure, the Mets suck but c’mon, most Phils fans can’t stand the guy.
Joe Savery - 1st round pick failed as a pitcher in his first 4 minor league seasons, so he decided to turn to hitting. He hit well at various stops this season in the minors (.294/.758 in 271 PA), but got the taste for pitching again when his team needed him in a very long extra inning game. He returned to pitching to end the 2011 season with a 1.50 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 36 IP, before being promoted to the Phillies here in September where he's made 4 scoreless appearances. He very well might be the coveted 2nd lefty reliever in the Phils bullpen next year.
Nobody. This team is old. The players that will be good already are. The players that suck will be gone soon. The players with the brightest future are in the minor leagues and God knows which prospects will actually pan out.
Brian Schneider - I know he's only a backup catcher, but the man just can't hit (.177/.501 in 40 G) or throw runners out attempting to steal (13% CS). Michael Martinez is versatile and fast, Gload can at least give you a pinch hit single, but what does Schneider do...nothing.
The obvious answer is Michael Martinez but I’m going with Ross Gload. At least Martinez can eat some defensive innings and spell the middle infielders for game or two. Not as good as Wilson Valdez can, mind you, but that’s another argument. Ross Gload, however, is worthless. Gload was hurt most of the year but even when he was healthy he was a complete liability on defense. As for his “strength,” hitting, he posted a .565 OPS without a single homer and only seven RBI in over 100 at-bats.