NL Awards Voting

As a member of the BBA, and a contributor to Beyond the Box Score, I’ve taken part in a couple end-of-year award votes thus far. Here’s my NL ballot:


Matt Kemp: After a dismal showing in 2010, Kemp bounced back in remarkable fashion; in 161 games (he appeared in every single Dodgers game this year), he posted a .324/.399/.586 line and nearly joined the elusive 40/40 club (39 homers, 40 steals). That kind of offensive production from an up-the-middle position is quite special, and while his defense is no asset, he managed to lead the National League in wins above replacement by a pretty significant margin.

The rest:
2. Ryan Braun
3. Roy Halladay
4. Troy Tulowitzki
5. Justin Upton


NL Cy Young

Roy Halladay: It’s close between the trio of Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Clayton Kershaw, but I give Halladay the edge. They all had nearly identical innings counts, and vary when it comes to their fielding-independent numbers (Halladay, for example, is third in the NL in xFIP and SIERA, and first in tERA). However, he leads in FIP- (56) by a lot (Kershaw is at 66, Lee is at 67).

The rest:
2. Clayton Kershaw
3. Cliff Lee
4. Madison Bumgarner
5. Matt Cain


NL Rookie of the Year

Wilson Ramos: I doubt he’ll win it, but he really deserves strong consideration. Above-average offensive production (.267/.334/.445, 109 wRC+) from the catching position, combined with something most people probably didn’t notice: outstanding defense behind the plate. His ability to cut down would-be base-stealers, block pitches in the dirt, and frame borderline strikes accounted for an estimated +1.5 wins in value. All in all, that’s enough to put him over the top in my mind.

The rest:
2. Danny Espinosa
3. Craig Kimbrel


6 thoughts on “NL Awards Voting

  1. Nice MVP pick, but in my opinon, your Cy Young and rookie of the year is off. For Cy Young, how can you not go with the NL Pitching Triple Crown winner and for Rookie of the Year, it is a total crapshoot between Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman, Wilson Ramos would be number four in my opinon.

  2. Madison Bumgarner’s perseverance this year was admirable, but fourth in NL CYA voting seems like a reach. His 13-13 record, 3.21 ERA, 111 ERA+, 1.21 WHIP, and 191 strikeouts are all respectable but nothing overly special. Is there something I’m missing?

  3. Ok, I’ll agree with your wins argument. But when you lead the NL in strikeouts and ERA (in my opinon the two main stats you should use to evaluate a pitcher) and when he is on a losing team too, he needs to win.

  4. look, the cy young voting system is heavily flawed, but you know they do it to keep the fans interested. it makes no sense to do something if it wont garner interest. where do you think the all star game and batting title came from? look up the ty cobb/i forget the other guy’s name race for the batting title. they made it out to be a title fight and it ended in melodramatic fashion. remember at the end of the day the mlb is a buisness…

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