Random Observations Sept 14, 2008
The return of our ‘Random Observations’ series. This time around we focus on 2008 awards and players such as Tim Lincecum, Carlos Delgado, Brad Ziegler, Jason Bay, etc.
I can’t get over the chatter about Delgado for NL MVP. While his stat line is strong, it’s not in the upper tiers. The argument that when Delgado came on so did the Mets is mind blowing. Instead of rewarding a player for taking the first three months of the season, let’s question where the Mets would be if Delgado had posted even an .800 OPS first half?
With a steal the other night Carlos Beltran has posted his seventh career 20-20 season.
Texas Rangers 22 year old rookie Chris Davis is flying under the radar in the baseball blogosphere. While he hasn’t played enough to warrant any rookie of the year votes, he has produced in his short stint, with 15 HR and a line of .276/.327/.547 in just under 250 AB.
Speaking of Rookies, has Brad Ziegler pitched himself into rookie of the year contention? In 40 appearances and 53 IP he has a 0.51 ERA. He hasn’t allowed a home run all season and since he’s been given the closers Brad is 8 for 8 in save opportunities. If the A’s were in contention or if Ziegler played in a bigger market I think he’d have a legitimate shot at the award.
On saturday Septmeber 12th six double headers were scheduled. I can’t recall ever seeing that many.
After the conclusion of Jason Bay’s last game on July 30th the Pirates were 50 – 58. They now sit 62- 86. That’s good for a 12 – 28 post Bay record.
Tim Lincecum improved his Cy Young chances with a 13 K complete game shutout last night. Although it did take 138 pitches. Could this Cy Young bid be a negative in the long term for Lincecum. If it were not for this the chase odds are that Lincecum may have been shut with the Giants having nothing to play for.