2021 MVP: nominations and ballot
As Jack said, âHe’s just behind the leaders of the average WAR team while playing in just 96 games before being traded and being traded, he also produced value by getting to the. equips two prospects, one of whom is likely to play in MLB in 2022, Cooper Hummel. (Alberto Ciprian is only 19â¦ so far away) âEscobar was the Arizona All-Star this season, the first time that Eduardo was receiving the honor. He hit 22 home runs in 96 games, before being distributed to the Brewers on the deadline. Escobar delivered, hitting slightly better overall for them (OPS + 113 vs. 107 in Arizona), as they successfully advanced into the playoffs, over the entire season he was worth 2.4 bWAR, which would have made him the first player here.
I’ll just copy and paste from its launcher name. There were concerns heading into the season, after Kelly’s 2020 campaign ended prematurely with chest surgery. But he put all health concerns aside, leading the team in starts, innings pitched and bWAR. He missed a month after testing positive for COVID in mid-August, but his ERA of almost 4.44 was almost identical to Kelly’s last full season (4.42 in 2019). Indeed, his independent field ERA of 4.11 was the best of any regular starters in Arizona, ahead of Gallen (4.25), Luke Weaver (4.42) and Bumgarner (4.63). The argument that Kelly is the best free agent signing of the Mike Hazen era, only gathered evidence this year.
After a disappointing 2020 (OPS + 97), Ketel had some health issues. He missed 37 games almost at the start of the season, with strain in his right hamstring, then another month in July after the other hamstring played. But in good health, Marte has rebounded almost to his 2019 level at the plate (OPS + 143 this year, up from 149). His willingness to “take one for the team”, playing in the middle of the field on a daily basis, was commendable, even if the results sometimes left a little to be desired. Still under team control at a very affordable price for the next three seasons, he is one of the few players currently on the roster who could make it to the D-backs next post-season roster.
By Xerostomia, âAnd it’s not even close. WPA is the team’s highest at 1.5 (Kelly was -0.9 and Marte was 0.4). If you want to consider EE, its WPA for the Dbacks was -0.2. WAR is just a reflection of the number of games played. Varsho, except for his slow start, was by far the best player in the last 2 months of the season. His good number of winning probability is due to the fact that Varsho is particularly clutch. In “Late & Close” situations, the D-backs as a whole had an OPS of 0.664. Varsho was two hundred and fifty points above that, at .914, and well above both Escobar (.787) and Marte (.749) under the same circumstances. Bonus points for his flexibility of position, his start to the game on receiver as well as the three outfield positions.
In a year when the D-backs have only avoided the worst season in franchise history by winning their last two games, it has to be argued that no one deserves something nice. None of the nominees above have even played a hundred times for the Diamondbacks, for one reason or another. You would be hard pressed to tell that they moved the needle a lot when they were present. [Record when Marte played = 22-68; Escobar = 29-69; Varsho = 31-64; Kelly = 10-17] In any normal season, all would even get the chance to make the nominees list, and the honor of the ‘Pitties as a meaningful reward. [work with me here…] would be tainted to recognize such a disappointing performance.
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And that also draws a line under SnakePit activity for 2021. Stay safe there, and all the best for 2022!