We have now reached the All Star break and I wanted to put out a quick list of some who did and some who didn't in the first half. I will separate by AL and NL in the first block and then list my picks for all of baseball.
Biggest Surprise AL
Team- Cleveland Indians... 47-42 at the break and only 1/2 game out of first place...34-54 last year at the break and a 93 loss season.
Hitter- Asdrubal Cabrera...one of the main reasons for the Indians success...14 HR/53 RBI/.293 after only moderate stats in 2010.
Pitcher- Josh Beckett... many people thought he was done last year after only 6 wins and a 5.78 ERA... 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA/0.95 WHIP
Biggest Disappointment AL- Adam Dunn...9 HRs and a .160 BA...WHAT HAPPENED?
Biggest Surprise NL
Team- Pittsburgh Pirates...47-43 at the break and only 1 game out...A team without a winning record since 1992
Hitter- Lance Berkman...after only 14 HRs and a .248 BA last year, Berkman has been great this year with 24 HRs/63 RBIs at the break.
Pitcher- Joel Hanrahan...A big part of the Pirates success, Hanrahan has 26 Saves/ 1.34 ERA/0.92 WHIP after only 6 saves last year.
Biggest Disappointment NL- Ubaldo Jimenez... 4 Wins and a 4.14 ERA...Where is the guy that won 19 games last year??
MLB BEST HITTER- This was a tough one with Jose Reyes hitting .354/30 SB and Adrian Gonzalez batting .354/77 RBI not to mention the great first half by Matt Kemp with a line of 22 HR/67 RBI/27 SB/.313 BA, but the winner has to be:
JOSE BATISTA- ANOTHER MONSTER FIRST HALF with 31 HR/ 65 RBI / .334 BA
MLB BEST PITCHER- This one seemed a bit easier for me although Weaver and Sabathia have had great first halves, I have to pick:
Justin Verlander-he has been dominant this year with a great line of 12 W/ 147 Ks/ 2.15 ERA/ 0.87 WHIP and a No-Hitter.
MLB BEST TEAM- Boston Red Sox...They don't have the best record at the half but, after the horrible start, they are 55-35 with a 6 game winning streak and 9 wins in their last 10 going into the break.
THERE'S MY TWO CENTS WORTH...HOW ABOUT YOU?