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  1. This is really, really funny.

    “The better question is, what aren’t they doing well?”

    Comment by Piraeus — September 13, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  2. I heart this article so much.

    Comment by SirDave — September 13, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  3. So who is the MVP so far?

    Comment by Daniel — September 13, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

  4. Tough call! In the AL, Smoak and Francoeur have been outstanding, but Casey Kotchman has really anchored that Indians lineup. They don’t have a chance at that division title without him. If you’re willing to give pitchers a look, Ubaldo would be a good dark horse candidate. In the NL there are fewer standouts, but I like Ike Davis if the Mets keep tanking.

    Comment by Mississippi Matt Smith — September 13, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  5. And by “tanking” I meant “raking”

    Comment by Mississippi Matt Smith — September 13, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  6. Right now? Probably Justin Smoak, because he’s the best player on a team to make the playoffs. But if the Royals get hot and make the playoffs, Jeff Franceour is the obvious favorite.

    But the big story is the Yuniesky Betancourt will not get his 4th consecutive MVP.

    Comment by Jack — September 13, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

  7. I love this. Thank you! You made my day!

    Reminds me of the South Park episode where every team is trying to lose so the little league season will end.

    Comment by Corey — September 13, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  8. Given the likelyhood that Smoak and teammate Chone Figgins split the vote, I have to think that 2010 MVP Casey Kotchman is going to be the favorite. Of course Kotchman was with the Mariners back then so you can’t help but appreciate what that organization has been doing these past few years!

    Comment by NatsFan73 — September 13, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  9. I am cracking up in my cubicle right now.

    Well done, good sir.

    Comment by David Wiers — September 13, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  10. This is why I love Notgraphs!

    Comment by Mitchell — September 13, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  11. Who is your pick for Cy Young.

    Bruce Chen was awful last year but has posted a nice bounceback season (5.36 ERA). But it looks like it is Romero’s award to lose.

    On the NL side Tim Lincecum is garnering consideration for both Cy Young and comeback player of the year, stepping in for an ineffective Barry Zito.

    Comment by samuelraphael — September 13, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  12. When I first saw that picture, I thought it was an old map with the Soviet Union included. That would have been even funnier.

    Comment by Blueyays — September 13, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

  13. This is a candidate for worst article ever on FanGraphs. It was well written, clever, and hilarious. Really really poor effort. MMS, I’m putting you up there with Jeff Sullivan for worst FG contributor.

    Comment by Matt H — September 13, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  14. So I’m an Ms fan, and 2012′s been a great season, especially since it became obvious the As didn’t have the pitching to keep in the race (look up their rookies’ stats, they’ve just killed them despite their offense). Seeing the emergence of Justin Smoak has been one of the happiest moments of my baseball fandom.

    But I have one question: what on earth is Eric Wedge thinking? Benching Chone Figgins, perhaps the best FA signing in recent memory? Running out that bum Hernandez (even after his awful 9 IP 0 ER 0 baserunner game) while Hector Noesi languishes in AAA? I was skeptical of the Ichiro trade until Peguero got ABs. I think Seattle’s good, but good enough to compete next year when the powerhouse Astros come over? I don’t know. I just don’t know.

    Comment by CJ — September 14, 2012 @ 4:32 am

  15. The reason maps aren’t oriented south on top is that it would read as a history of the northerners as an invasive species to the rest of planet. In the words of Agent Smith, “a virus…a cancer of the planet…consuming all the resources until they have to spread to another location.”

    Comment by MO — September 14, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  16. I’m intensely disappointed that I didn’t see anything along of the lines of “The Rockies much-maligned pitching experiment has clearly taken off”.

    Comment by RockiesMagicNumber — September 14, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  17. As a die hard Yankee fan, I still have faith that our pitching, with Nova returning, can still lift us out of the cellar down the stretch with a third place finish still a real possibility.

    Comment by Phil Castle — September 15, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  18. Great minds? http://www.theonion.com/articles/overconfident-dolphins-already-talking-about-going,29558/

    Comment by Anon21 — September 16, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

  19. The Twins have made some questionable decisions this year, such as releasing pitcher Jason Marquis, who posted an impressive -0.7 LAR in just 7 starts. Another is the continued insistence to play catcher Joe Mauer, whose .319/.414/.447 triple-slash would have earned him a benching in June had he been playing in Houston.

    Comment by Bryz — September 16, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

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