Monday, March 4, 2013

NL East Team Awards

NL East

Jacksonville Juice
MVP- C-Julio Palmeiro
Palmeiro is my pick for the MVP of this team. He's a catcher that can hit and call a game behind the plate. He hit 28 homers and batted a .290, with a .369 OBP and .548 SLG. He also drove in 88 runs and scored 65. On top of that, pitchers had a 3.81 ERA with him behind the dish. He also threw out 40 would be base stealers. He is an all around backstop and that is why I pick him as team MVP.

Cy Young- Charles Hayashi
This is a no brainer for me. He went 18-8 with a 2.95 ERA. Opponents only hit a .242 against him and he pitched 198.1 innings. He led the rotation in innings pitched and gave up the fewest homers with 15. Hayashi had a dominant season in leading this team to the division title.

Philadelphia Money Makers
MVP- LF Mandy Whitfield
The guy can hit. He's not much in the field, but he is a great hitter that can smack a homer and steal bases. This season he hit 31 homers and stole 49 bases. He knocked in 81 runs and scored 104 of them. He actually had a down year by his standards, but his .267 average is still good. This is an all around player that would win team MVP on a lot of teams.

CY Young- David Ortiz
The selection of closer David Ortiz is not a knock against the rotation on this team. The rotation was pretty solid, but Ortiz was out of this world this season. He saved 46 of 48 games and posted a 1.26 ERA. On top of that, opponents only hit a .167 against him. Ortiz only pitched in 50 games, but that was all it took to become one of the most dominant bullpen arms in Pine Tar this season.

Cincinnati Firestorm
MVP- LF Rafael Unamuno
Offense in Cincy wasn't great this season, but Unamuno went about business as usual. He hit a .277 with a .369 OBP and .503 SLG. He had 31 homers to go with 76 RBI and 85 runs. For the first time in his young career he walked more than he struck out with a 73/71 ratio. Overall, it wasn't a great season, but it was an impressive season.

Cy Young- Timo Pan
Pan was the Ace of this staff. He led the team with 13 wins in 32 starts and had 1 complete game. He also broke the 200 inning barrier with 204.1. Opponents hit just a .241 against him with a .303 OBP. All of that to go with a 3.83 ERA which is pretty good for pitching in Cincinnati.

Washington D.C. Justices
MVP- 1B Andrew Overbay
At 36 years old, Overbay proved he still had something left in the tank this season. It's odd to give this award to a player that only had 367 AB's, but he led the team in runs scored with 75 in that few AB's. He also walked 77 times while only striking out 47 times. To add to those numbers he stole 19 bases and hit 12 homers. With a .292 average he posted a phenomenal .423 OBP. Overbay had another great season for himself.

Cy Young- Raymond Simmons
Simmons went 12-12 this season, but it's hard to overlook what he did besides that. He pitched 208.1 innings, and only gave up 16 homers and only walked 47 batters. Opponents hit .258 against him and only had a .304 OBP with a .359 Slg. He also finished the year with a 3.41 ERA. If this team had more offense when he took the mound, he could easily have had a much better record.

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