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  • October 24th, 2014

    October 24, 2014: Trout Wins Third Straight Stan Musial Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:40 pm in Baseball,BBA,Red Sox | No Comments

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout swept the balloting on his way to hisBaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545 third successive Stan Musial Award, as selected by members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA). Trout, who had arguably his worst full season in the big leagues, still posted a 7.9 bWAR on his way to leading the Angels to their first playoff appearance since he became part of the team.

    Trout won in a rout, capturing all 15 first place votes and beating out his closest competition, Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley, by 90 points. Only Trout and Brantley were able to cross the 100-point plateau.

    In the National League, fresh off winning the Walter Johnson Award (again), Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers took home the Stan Musial hardware as well. Kershaw was the only player in the big leagues to outperform Trout according to bWAR, coming in with an even 8.0. Read more…

    October 23rd, 2014

    October 23, 2014: Kluber Edges Hernandez for BBA’s Walter Johnson Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:39 pm in Baseball,BBA,Old Friends,Red Sox | No Comments

    BaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545In a thrilling race, some new blood emerged to win the American League Walter Johnson Award. Corey Kluber, the unexpected ace of the Cleveland Indians, nipped 2010 winner Felix Hernandez of Seattle by six points in voting held by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA).

    Kluber, who went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and a 152 ERA+, received eight of the possible 14 first place votes and 80 points overall. Hernandez received the other six first place nods and 74 total points, coming just short of being the second American League pitcher to have two Walter Johnsons on his mantle.

    Unsurprisingly, it was a much different story in the National League as Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won his third Walter Johnson in four years. Kershaw swept the voting, receiving all the first place votes and more than doubling the point total of the runner-up, St. Louis’s Adam Wainwright. Read more…

    October 23rd, 2014

    October 23, 2014:
    The World Series…ho hum…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:41 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I know, I know, I should be more excited about this World Series. A team with a 29 years playoff drought who barreled through all of the teams that were supposed to beat the snot out of them is facing the team who, although they were at the dance in 2012, beat the perennial favorite, St. Louis to get there.

    And if that isn’t enough of a compelling story, Jake Peavey, JAKE PEAVEY started Game 2 last night. Of course he lost, giving up 4 runs in what would be a 5-run 6th inning, bringing the series to 1-1…

    So it’s still anyone’s ballgame (no pun intended), and I am still holding out that KC will do this in 6…But if you are doing any betting on the series, or anything else, you can check out some great tips here

    But apparently, I am not the only one who feels a bit “eh” about this series, as the ratings for this series have been lower than previous years. Of course there are only about 19 Royals Fans in the world, and San Fran is the left coast, so while I wouldn’t really classify this as the World Series of Boring. (That would have been the Dodgers and the Tigers), but it’s certainly not a riveting battle to the finish… Read more…

    October 20th, 2014

    October 20, 2014: Kimbrel Takes Home 4th Consecutive Goose Gossage Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:41 pm in Baseball,BBA,Old Friends | Comment (1)

    BaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545Perhaps the Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s (BBA) Award for best reliever needs to be renamed.

    For the fourth year in a row, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel took home the hardware. Given that the award has only been in existence for five, there’s no contest on who the most decorated relief pitcher in BBA history is. This was actually the first year that Kimbrel was actually challenged, finishing just 11 points ahead of Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

    For the third consecutive year, Kimbrel posted an ERA under 1.75, though his 95 strikeouts was the lowest in a full year in his career. He led the league again in saves and put up an 227 ERA+, which was incredibly significantly lower than he had the last two years (399 and 311, respectively). Read more…

    October 20th, 2014

    October 20, 2014:
    10 Years Ago…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:33 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    As 2014 was almost completely forgettable as far as the performance of the Boston Red Sox, we have taken to looking back to the year where everything changed. Where our beloved team made history (in more ways than one) and will forever be talked about when the chips are down and it seems impossible that a team can come back from the brink. And then the only team to have done it is brought into the conversation: the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Against their dire enemy: The NY Yankees… The only team in the history of the sport to come back from 0-3 to win 4 games in a row to win the American League Pennant. Can you imagine how the people who bet the Sox would win fared? I am sure there were crazy odds, and the people who believed must have been handsomely rewarded for their faith in their ballclub…

    I personally took a little longer to believe. I went to bed before game 4 was over, because after the pain and heartbreak of the 2003 ALCS, I just could not bear the thought of watching them get swept by the Skanks. Just. Could. Not… Read more…

    October 16th, 2014

    October 16, 2014: BBA’s Boston Chapter Names Mike Trout as their vote for the Stan Musial Award.

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:33 pm in Baseball,BBA | Comment (1)

    The Stan Musial Award is given by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to the most valuable player each league; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout for the honor. Trout, as Kluber did in the Walter Johnson Award, received all but 1 of the first place votes for the chapter, with the remaining vote going to Detroit’s Victor Martinez, who placed 2nd in the voting.

    I expect Trout will be part of the mix for any baseball awards for a long time to come, as he continued his dominance as one of the best all-around players in the bigs, with a great 2014 campaign. While his BA average dropped in comparison to 2013 (.323 to .287) he stroked 36 homers and had 111 RBI’s this year, compared to the 27/97 in 2013.

    Playing all of his games in center field this year seems to have improved his fielding scores, which jumped to .992, compared to .988 in 2013, when he was playing both center and left.

    And let’s not forget that Mike Trout is only 23 years old. Plenty of potential ceiling there in the years to come.. Read more…

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