Results tagged ‘ MVP ’

Victorino Is Clutch (Again)

The Phillies got good news last night when Cole Hamels pitched six strong innings at Great American Ball Park.

They could enjoy his efforts a little more thanks to Shane Victorino‘s game-winning homer in the eighth.

Victorino is having a heck of a season. He ranks eighth in the National League in batting (.308), eighth in on-base percentage (.381), ninth in slugging percentage (.544) and eighth in OPS (.925). He has 21 doubles, 14 triples, 15 home runs, 53 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored.

He’s been especially clutch late in games, too. In close-and-late situations (seventh inning or later with the batting team ahead by one run, tied, or with the tying run on base, at bat or on deck), he is second in the league in batting (.396), sixth in on-base percentage (.448) and first in slugging percentage (.849).

An .849 slugging percentage in close-and-late situations is ridiculous, but it looks even more ridiculous when you see the guy ranked second in slugging in those situations, Jose Reyes, has a .627 slugging.

That’s a .222 differential.

No big deal.

If I had a NL MVP vote, Victorino would be my top Phillies player on the ballot. Not sure where he will finish overall, but if you’ve watched the Phillies play every day you know how valuable Victorino has been, both offensively and defensively.

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Four Phillies Get MVP Votes

Joey Votto deservedly won the NL MVP with 31 first-place votes and 443 points.

Albert Pujols finished second with one first-place vote and 279 points. The rest of the top five included: Carlos Gonzalez (240), Adrian Gonzalez (197) and Troy Tulowitzki (132).

The Phillies had four players receive MVP votes:

  • Roy Halladay finished sixth with 130 points.
  • Jayson Werth finished eighth with 52 points.
  • Ryan Howard finished 10th with 50 points.
  • Carlos Ruiz finished 17th with 12 points.

Twenty-seven players received votes. The Phillies were the only team with four players receiving votes.

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Halladay and Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young last week, which made the Phillies, Mariners and Cardinals the only three teams to win the four major postseason awards in the last 10 years.

The Phillies won the MVP in 2006 (Ryan Howard) and 2007 (Jimmy Rollins), Cy Young in 2010 (Halladay), Rookie of the Year in 2005 (Howard) and Manager of the Year in 2001 (Larry Bowa). The Cardinals won the MVP in 2005, 2008 and 2009 (Albert Pujols), Cy Young in 2005 (Chris Carpenter), Rookie of the Year in 2001 (Pujols) and Manager of the Year in 2002 (Tony La Russa). The Mariners won the MVP in 2001 (Ichiro Suzuki), Cy Young in 2010 (Hernandez), Rookie of the Year in 2001 (Suzuki) and and Manager of the Year in 2001 (Lou Piniella).

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Ibanez Looks MVP Worthy

ibanez 0611.jpgIt’s June, but it isn’t too early to say Raul Ibanez is making himself an early candidate for National League MVP.

He hit a three-run home run tonight in a 6-3 victory over the Mets in 11 innings at Citi Field. He leads the National League in RBIs (58), runs (49) and slugging percentage (.674). He is second in home runs (21). He is hitting .322 with a .377 on-base percentage. He has 15 doubles and two triples. He is playing good defense and has shown good abilities running the bases.

He has been a stud.

Of course, there is a long way to go, but what Ibanez has brought to the Phillies has been pretty special so far. He has made people forget about Pat Burrell, despite their protests when the Phillies let Burrell walk in the offseason.

Ibanez should be headed to his first All-Star Game in July.

He has a chance for more honors later.

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