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2011 First Half Winners and Losers

Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:20 pm
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

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 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

 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:


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.




Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:12 pm

2011 First Half Winners and Losers

Brad here are my "two cents" on your blog:

American League
The biggest surprise team in the American League in my opinion are the New York Yankees. This is not a homer based selection but one based on everything that transpired from the last season and leading into Spring Training. This is a team that was left for dead especially after Andy Pettite retired and picked to finish third or fourth just in the American League East. Well they are only one game out in the American League East with two games in hand which makes this a virtual tie assuming they win both of those games. The Yankees lead the American League wildcard by a very healthy five games. The Cleveland Indians do not lead either their division or the wildcard.

I can not argue with Asdrubal Cabrera being the biggest surprise hitter in the American League.

Nothing against Josh Beckett because he plays for the Boston Red Sox, but his career trends pointed toward this being a good year for him. The surprise pitcher in the American League has to be Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels who many doubted could be a front of the rotation guy which was why the Angels went and acquired Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the trade deadline last season.

Adam Dunn is hands down the biggest disappointment in the American League and probably all of Major League Baseball.

National League
The Pittsburgh Pirates are definitely the biggest surprise in not only the National League but all of Major League Baseball. They have been the perennial doormats for over two decades, so to be a game off of the division lead with two games in hand which could make the National League Central a three way tie is very impressive.

I also agree with you that Lance Berkman is the biggest surprise hitter in the National League. He looked bad last year with the Houston Astros and the Yankees and it looked like his career was just about over.
Although you gave the nod for surprise pitcher to Joel Hanrahan I have to give it to his Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Kevin Correia with his eleven wins which is one more than he had all of last year with the San Diego Padres. He has also managed to drop his ERA by almost a point and a half all without the benefit of the pitcher's haven known as Petco Park.

I agree with you that Ubaldo Jiminez has been the biggest disappointment in the National League, but an honorable mention has to go to Hanley Ramirez.

Major Leagues
I agree with you that Jose Bautista is the best hitter in all of Major League Baseball. He is in the Top 5 in all three categories of the Triple Crown which just further supports the argument that he is the best hitter.

I disagree with you on the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. Again I have to go with Jered Weaver who has an ERA under 2.00 while pitching in the American League.

The best team in Major League Baseball are the Philadelphia Phillies. I know that this is something that you as a Mets fan may not have wanted to hear but their record speaks for itself.

Good post and I am glad that I was able to get my 2 cents in. Have a good day.

The Eugene

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