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Posts tagged ‘Albert Pujols’

Pujols Wins Silver Slugger for First Base

Albert Pujols was given the 2010 Silver Slugger Award for first base. Pujols was out-produced by Reds first baseman Joey Votto, but the Silver Slugger Award is voted on by Major League Baseball coaches and managers, and they obviously don’t take the voting process very seriously. Dan Uggla won at second base, Ryan Zimmerman won for the hot corner, Troy Tulowitzki took shortstop and Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez and Matt Holliday were the outfield recipients. Brian McCann won at catcher and Yovani Gallardo posted a solid 837 OPS in 63 at-bats to win at pitcher. (Rotoworld)

2010 NL Gold Gloves Announced – 3 RoadRunners

The 2010 National League Rawlings Gold Glove winners, as revealed on Wednesday:

Catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First base: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Second base: Brandon Phillips, Reds
Third base: Scott Rolen, Reds
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
Outfield: Michael Bourn, Astros
Outfield: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Outfield: Shane Victorino, Phillies
Pitcher: Bronson Arroyo, Reds

2010 Internet Baseball Awards Announced

National League MVP

 Rnk Name                      1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10       B       P
  1. Joey Votto              562  237   51   21    7    4    1    0    0    2     885   10624
  2. Albert Pujols           261  399  154   49   23   16    2    3    1    0     908    9057
  5. Troy Tulowitzki          12   44  114  148  142   79   56   34   27   13     669    4152
  8. Matt Holliday             0    1   14   44   53   50   53   38   26   31     310    1406
 10. Buster Posey              2    6   16   19   36   25   27   20   10    9     170     881
 28. Josh Johnson              0    0    0    1    4   13    4   11   12    5      50     174
 30. Mat Latos                 0    0    1    1    5    6    3    6    3    4      29     115
 32. Brandon Phillips          0    0    3    0    3    1    2    3    1    3      16      69
 32. Prince Fielder            0    1    0    1    3    3    0    3    4    3      18      69
 40. Omar Infante              0    0    1    2    2    1    0    2    2    3      13      52
 45. Hunter Pence              0    0    1    1    1    0    0    3    0    1       7      31
 51. Clayton Kershaw           0    0    0    1    0    0    1    1    0    1       4      15
 53. Danny Hudson              1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       1      14
 58. Ian Kennedy               0    0    1    0    0    1    0    0    0    0       2      13
 62. Geovany Soto              0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    1    4       6      10
 67. Madison Bumgarner         0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       1       8
 67. Jaime Garcia              0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    1       2       8
 67. Adam Laroche              0    0    0    0    0    0    2    0    0    0       2       8
 76. Hong-Chih Kuo             0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0       1       4
 82. Jose Contreras            0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0       1       3

National League Cy Young

Rnk Name                        1      2      3      4      5       B       P
  1. Roy Halladay              836     57     10      2      1     906    8816
  4. Josh Johnson                6    115    170    147    100     538    2256
  7. Mat Latos                   0     22     29     50     52     153     501
 12. Clayton Kershaw             1      5      9     11     25      51     148
 17. Danny Hudson                2      0      2      2      1       7      37
 24. Yovani Gallardo             0      0      1      1      3       5      11
 25. Johnny Cueto                1      0      0      0      0       1      10
 28. Ian Kennedy                 0      1      0      0      1       2       8
 28. Hong-Chih Kuo               0      0      1      0      3       4       8
 37. Madison Bumgarner           0      0      0      0      1       1       1
 37. Tyler Clippard              0      0      0      0      1       1       1

National League Rookie of the Year

 Rnk Name                        1      2      3      4      5       B       P
  1. Buster Posey              421    351     56     15      2     845    6994
  7. Danny Hudson                3     12     29     37     30     111     400
  8. Madison Bumgarner           1      5     28     52     43     129     384
 12. John Axford                 5      2     16     20     29      72     233
 20. Jose Tabata                 0      3      7     10      5      25      91
 24. Drew Storen                 0      0      1      4      0       5      17
 32. Brooks Conrad               0      0      1      1      1       3       9
 37. Roger Bernadina             0      0      0      2      0       2       6
 39. Kenley Jansen               0      0      1      0      0       1       5

Sneaky Good in the Senior Circuit – from BP

Baseball Prospectus’ Eric Seidman listed several Roadrunners in this feature, that takes a look back at some players who will not be regaled with hardware but who performed admirably under the radar in 2010.

Starting Pitcher

Ian Kennedy (4.2 WARP): The Diamondbacks turned Max Scherzer into Edwin Jackson and Kennedy and flipped Jackson to the White Sox for Dan Hudson and prospects. All told, they ended up with two very solid starters under team control for six years apiece. Kennedy relies on command and control, and unlike in his brief tenure with the Yankees, both of those attributes were on display last season. In addition to keeping the ball on the ground, he even began striking hitters out at a rate far exceeding expectations.

Relief Pitcher

John Axford: Axford stepped into the closer position when it became evident that Trevor Hoffman had virtually nothing left in the tank. In 50 games, the mustachioed man produced an impressive 3.85 WXRL that ranked eighth in the league. He allowed just one home run, which certainly helped given he was no stranger to the free pass.

Sean Marshall: Carlos Marmol hogged most of the headlines in Chicago last year as far as relievers went, but Marshall, a failed southpaw starter, held the opposition in check and fell just behind Lidge with a 2.78 WXRL. His strikeout rate soared to 29.3 percent and he kept the ball in the yard as well. Still under team control and only 28 years old, he could help stabilize an up-and-down bullpen.

First Base

Prince Fielder (5.0 WARP): This was probably the toughest position to find a sneaky-good player given that it broke down into two distinct groups—the Albert Pujolses and the Adam LaRoche Clones. In one corner we had the stat demons who were publicized all season. In the other corner stood the first basemen whose numbers were not as solid given the context of the position. Fielder sort of fell in between both groups as he topped a .400 OBP for the second straight year, and despite dropping off by .131 with his slugging percentage, he put up a .316 TAv.

Third Base

Chase Headley (4.0 WARP): Headley didn’t get much notoriety last season, in large part because his unadjusted numbers were not terribly impressive, but they translated well given the league average and his park. He also added solid defense. He isn’t going to blossom into the next David Wright or Ryan Zimmerman, but he provides a very cost-effective option for a team hoping to remain a playoff contender on a shoestring budget.

Outfield

Drew Stubbs (5.3 WARP): Jay Bruce gets most of the attention in the Reds outfield, but Stubbs really put together a solid season in his own right. He launched 22 home runs and stole 30 bases en route to a .284 TAv, adding decent defense in center field. His OBP last season does not belie his ability to take a walk, primarily due to the fact that he strikes out so frequently. Figuring out a way to reduce those empty swinging ABs will catapult him from a solid player to a great player. However, as we have seen time and time again, this is not as easy as turning a switch on or off.

Roster Moves – 2010 End-of-Season

Following each WBRL season, all non-protectable players are released back into the player pool, and reserved players not eligible for protection in the minor leagues are promoted to the active roster:

Up:

  • SP Mat Latos
  • SP Wade LeBlanc
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • 1B Adam LaRoche
  • OF Marlon Byrd
  • 3B Casey Blake

Released / WBRL contract expired:

  • 1B Albert Pujols
  • 3B Chase Headley
  • SP Josh Johnson
  • SP Clayton Kershaw
  • SP Johnny Cueto

Released / Signed After Protection Deadline:

  • C A.J. Ellis
  • 2B Jonathan Herrera
  • SS Angel Sanchez
  • OF Cameron Maybin

Released / Non-Protectable Due to AL-NL Trade:

  • SP Dan Hudson

Remaining in Minors:

  • OF Trayvon Robinson

Pujols Sitting Today, now that Cards are Eliminated

Albert Pujols is not in Wednesday’s lineup against the Pirates. The Cardinals were mathematically eliminated on Tuesday night, so most of the regulars will take a seat. Mark Hamilton will start at first base Wednesday and bat seventh against James McDonald.

Pujols Launches NL-Leading 42nd Homer

Albert Pujols smacked a three-run homer and drew two walks against the Cubs on Sunday. The homer was Pujols’ National League-leading 42nd of the season. He’s also now two RBI ahead of Carlos Gonzalez for the National League RBI lead at 116. Pujols is likely going to end up posting his second or third worst season since joining the majors, but 2010 is a down year for individual performances and he’d still be the favorite for the MVP award if the Cardinals were to win the Central. But Joey Votto has been similarly valuable and is the favorite for the award with the Reds likely headed to the post-season. (Rotoworld)

LaRussa: Pujols to Sit Once Cards Eliminated

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa held out the possibility that Albert Pujols will receive some days off once the Cardinals are officially eliminated from the playoffs. The Reds’ magic number is two, so they could be eliminated as early as Sunday. Pujols has battled a myriad of ailments this season but has still managed to hit .312/.411/.599 with 41 homers and 113 RBI to this point. He’ll become the only player in major league history to have 10 straight .300-30-100 seasons. (Rotoworld)

Pujols Blasts Two Solo Homers Against Pirates

Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and three runs scored in the Cardinals’ 9-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday. St. Louis salvaged the final game to avoid the indignity of being swept in Pittsburgh. With the first homer today, Pujols reached 40 for the sixth time in his career. His career high is 49, established in 2006. (Rotoworld)

Pujols Returns After Sitting with Injured Elbow

Albert Pujols is out of Tuesday’s lineup against the Cubs after receiving a shot in his ailing left elbow. Pujols was adamant that he didn’t intend to miss any time when speaking with reporters Sunday, so it looks like somebody talked him into it. Consider him day-to-day. Felipe Lopez will start at first base in his place Tuesday. “It’s bothering me every day, but this is no time to blame and look for excuses,” said Pujols. It’s time to play the game. There’s no DL in September. You need to play the game and do everything that you can to push and hopefully have the opportunity to be in a good spot in the next couple of weeks here.” It’s important to note that this isn’t the same elbow that has given him problems in the past. Either way, the discomfort isn’t bothering him lately. Pujols went 9-for-28 (.321) with four home runs and eight RBI on the Cards’ recent seven-game roadtrip and hit two bombs in Sunday’s win over the Braves. (Rotoworld)