Welcome to the awards.
All stats are for Monday, September 17th through Sunday, September 23rd. Please see the week one column for award definitions and explanations.
This week’s proof that assigning wins and losses to a pitcher is an archaic practice that must stop
Good luck division
Wade Miley allowed five runs in six innings on 10 hits in Denver. He walked away with the victory as his bullpen held the Rockies scoreless for three frames and the lineup abused Rockies pitchers to the tune of 15 runs.
In Aaron Cook’s second start of the week, he was hammered by the Orioles for five runs in five and a third. He yielded nine hits, walked two, struck out one, and carried a 29 game score. But a Pedro Strop blown save took Cook off the hook for the loss.
Patrick Corbin allowed five runs in three frames. He benefitted from Jhoulys Chacin and Carlos Torres combining to allow eight and hand the Diamondbacks a victory, thus ensuring that Corbin would not get the loss.
Bad luck division
Jarrod Parker and CC Sabathia combined to allow one run in 16 innings on nine hits and two walks, striking out 18. Neither got the win as Rafael Soriano blew the save. The starters combined game score was 158.
Edwin Jackson went eight frames, holding the Brewers to one run on six hits, walking none, striking out six. A Tyler Clippard blown save lost the game for the Nationals and ensured that Jackson would be denied the victory.
Joe Saunders and Felix Hernandez combined to allow two runs in 16 innings of work. They allowed only 11 hits, walking one, striking out 10. Neither took the victory, which went to Luis Ayala, who faced one batter in the 10th inning.
Zack Greinke threw eight innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking none, striking out eight. But the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oxnard, Saticoy, and Newbury Park were held to one run in the game and Greinke walked away with a no-decision.
Ronald Belisario was called upon with a two run lead and one out with two runners on. He allowed the two runners to score, thus blowing the lead, only to watch as Matt Kemp belted a home run in the next inning to give Belisario the win.
Wes Littleton Award
Please hold the applause
In the Nate Eovaldi game from Tuesday, Steve Cishek retired one batter and was charged with three runs. Upon entering with a three run lead, he allowed a Jason Heyward double, walked Chipper Jones, and struck out Freddy Freeman before Heyward scored on a Dan Uggla single. He left the game with a two run lead and runners on the corner. According to WPA, he decreased the Marlins’ chance of winning by 14 percent but he still got the hold.
Any sufficiently advanced defense is indistinguishable from pitching
In Aaron Cook’s first start of the week, he walked away with a win when he allowed just one run in six innings. He allowed only five hits despite striking out only one of the 22 Rays he faced.
Joe Carter Award
Delmon Young drove in eight runs in 28 PA despite batting just .222/.241/.370 for the Tigers.
Mark Reynolds went .226/.250/.355 and still plated six runs.
A.J. Pierzynski collected seven hits in 24 PA, but only two of them went for extra bases and he drew no walks, leading to a .292/.292/.375 line for the week.
Denard Span produced a fairly empty .280/.308/.400 line.
And Chris Iannetta went .278/.316/.278.
Harmon Killebrew Award
Miguel Olivo had only three hits in 16 PA this week but two of them were home runs. He also chipped in with three walks for a .231/.375/.692 line.
Jimmy Rollins had two singles, two home runs, and five walks for an odd-looking but effective .190/.346/.476 line.
Gordon Beckham went .235/.435/.412 and stole a pair of bases.
Three of Chase Headley’s five hits went for extra bases and he walked four times for a .227/.346/.455 line.
Rookie Adam Eaton went .200/.355/.600. Amazingly, he had one single, two triples, and two home runs. You don’t often see speed result in multiple triples, but only one single.
Steve Balboni Award
Adam Dunn just does what Adam Dunn does. When it works, he ends up with the Killebrew section. When it works really well, he ends up in the MVP of the week section. When it doesn’t work, he ends up here. He struck out 10 times in 29 PA and hit .115/.207/.154.
Curtis Granderson fanned nine times in 23 PA and ended the week at .105/.240/.158.
Michael Bourn struck out nine times in 23 PA. His line was an anemic .190/.261/.286.
Amazingly, Kelly Shoppach wound up striking out eight times in 15 PA and batted .143/.200/.143.
Chris Carter demonstrated secondary skills, hitting a home run and drawing three walks, but eight strikeouts in 16 PA is tough to overcome, leading to a .077/.235/.308 line.
Finally, J.P. Arencibia went .063/.118/.063 with eight whiffs in 17 PA.
Other batters who notably struck out at appalling rates and suffered the consequences this week were Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Pedro Alvarez, Alex Rodriguez, Freddie Freeman, Colby Rasmus, Tyler Colvin, and John Mayberry Jr.
Three true outcomes
Michael Saunders smacked two home runs, walked four times, and struck out nine times in 26 PA.
Rollins went two-five-six in 26 PA.
Nick Swisher posted a two-five-six TTO line in 29 PA.
And Adam Eaton went two-five-seven in 30 PA.
Kyle Seager did not homer, drew one walk, and struck out twice in 28 PA.
Jason Kipnis also went zero-one-two in 26 PA.
And Jesus Montero went zero-zero-three in 25 PA.
This week’s MVP
AL: What has gotten into Ichiro? He is batting .331/.356/.481 since the trade to the Bronx, good for a 125 OPS+. And this week he went .517/.548/.828 with an eight for eight on the base paths and a pair of home runs. 15 hits in a week is pretty crazy. Unfortunately I don’t have answers. I only have questions here.
NL: Pablo Sandoval only had 11 hits this week, but four of them were home runs, helping him to a .478/.538/1/.043 line for the Giants, who clinched the NL West title this week.