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NL ROY Results
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 11/12/2007 2:49:00 PM
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Great race, and I have no problem with Ryan Braun winning over Troy Tulowitzki and wouldn't have if the result were reversed. What's interesting to me is that somehow Kyle Kendrick got one second place vote. Really? Not just over Braun and Tulowitzki, but also over Hunter Pence and Chris Young, too. Who voted for Kendrick? Can somebody with a brain take his vote next year?


If you are going to vote for someone other than Tulo/Braun for second place, it at least should have been Hunter Pence. Kyle Kendrick? Maybe the same writer who placed Brian Bannister #1 on his AL ballot.
Posted by vtadave at 11/12/2007 3:24:00 PM
Brian Bannister as #1 in the AL isn't that much of a stretch.
Posted by nayfel at 11/13/2007 7:05:00 AM
How so?
Posted by vtadave at 11/13/2007 1:51:00 PM
He had 12 wins and a 3.87 Era on the Royals. Also, he was one of the most consistent pitchers if you throw out the first and last months of the season. I think he isn't as much of a stretch as you make it out to be.
Posted by nayfel at 11/13/2007 2:18:00 PM
I won't argue that he had a nice year, but realistically, I'd be surprised if Bannister had a sub 4.50 ERA next year. He was lucky on balls in play (.266 BABIP) and his other peripherals (4.2 K/9, 1.8 K/BB, etc.) were similarly mediocre. Jeremy Guthrie had a much better year than Bannister, but thanks to a lack of run support the wins and subsequently, the votes, weren't there. It was a still a great trade for the Royals and every team could use a #4/#5 guy like Bannister.
Posted by vtadave at 11/13/2007 9:06:00 PM
I actually think that both Bannister and Guthrie were pretty lucky. Bannister's K-rate in particular scares me, because it's not accompanied by an usually high groundball rate.

Maybe that's less relevant in voting for ROY, but I don't think either makes for an especially good fantasy investment.
Posted by Erickson at 11/13/2007 10:12:00 PM
I agree with both of you. What I was saying was that he isn't as far off as you made it out to me. I think the Kendrick vote is absolutely ridiculous and that the Bannister one was just a stretch.
Posted by nayfel at 11/14/2007 7:56:00 AM

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