THT Awards

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All stats are for Monday, June 24 through Sunday, June 30. Please see the week one column for category explanations.

This week’s proof that assigning wins and losses to a pitcher is an archaic practice that must stop

Good luck division

C.J. Wilson was shelled for five runs in five innings on seven hits and two walks. He was the beneficiary when Rick Porcello allowed seven runs in his four and a third. His 35 game score was enough for the win.

Despite five runs in six innings, Cole Hamels escaped with a no-decision in San Diego on Wednesday. His bullpen subsequently held the Padres scoreless for the next seven innings for the win.

Tommy Milone allowed five runs in six innings on seven hits and two walks. He gave up three home runs at home in Oakland and still got the win over the Cardinals.

Trevor Bauer and Hector Santiago were each destroyed by the opposing batters Friday. Bauer failed to make it out of the first inning, yielding five runs on six hits, walking one, striking out none. The number of batters he retired was equal to the number he allowed to homer. Santiago was more effective, but still got smacked around by the Cleveland lineup for five runs in two and a third. Alas, this was the crazy 19-10 game and neither starting pitcher was left holding the bag. Instead that honor went to White Sox reliever Brian Omogrosso, who is back in the International League with Bauer at this moment.

In the second leg of Friday’s double header, after Bauer and Santiago stunk up the joint, Carlos Carrasco and Jose Quintana combined to allow 11 runs in 11 and two thirds on 15 hits and five walks, striking out six. Neither of those starters took the loss either.

Josh Johnson and Allen Webster combined to allow nine runs in nine and a third on 14 hits and four walks, striking out eight. Webster was in line for the win until an Andrew Bailey blown hold.

Ian Kennedy and Tim Hudson were beaten down by their opposing lineups for eight runs in 10 innings combined. Neither took the loss.

Bad luck division

Phil Hughes went eight innings, allowing only two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five Rangers. He took the loss as Derek Holland shut out the Yankees.

Cliff Lee went eight innings, held the Padres to two runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out seven. He was not credited with the win as Jonathan Papelbon blew the save.

Chris Sale pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out 13. But Addison Reed blew the save and Sale walked away with a no-decision.

Roberto Hernandez, or the Artist Formerly Known as Fausto Carmona or the Player Formerly Known as Mousecop or whatever you choose to call him these days, has had a rough season, so it must have been a crushing disappointment to him when he posted a quality start, limiting the Blue Jays to three runs in eight innings, only to get the loss as R.A. Dickey shut out Hernandez’s teammates in St. Petersburg.

May I Have Your Autograph, Please?
The payoff of being polite.

Felix Hernandez went seven, allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out 11. He didn’t factor into the decision as the Pirates held the Mariners to two runs in the game.

Scott Kazmir and Jason Hammel combined to pitch 14 frames, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out nine. Neither took the win.

Jered Weaver and Doug Fister combined to allow two runs in 14 innings on 11 hits and three walks, striking out 10. Neither took the win.

Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg combined to allow four runs in 14 innings on 11 hits and four walks, striking out 10. Again, they each took a no-decision.

Matt Harvey’s opportunity to get the win went out the window as three consecutive Mets relievers were charged with a run in the eighth inning. All three runs scored on a Ryan Zimmerman double. Harvey had held the Nats lineup in check, allowing only one run in seven innings on three hits, walking none, striking out 11.

Bud Norris allowed one run on four hits and one walk in seven innings. He took a no-decision at home against the Angels.

Matt Cain threw eight stellar innings for the Giants in Coors on Saturday, allowing only one run on three hits, striking out five, walking one. The Rockies held the Giants to one run in the game and Cain didn’t factor into the decision.

Lucas Harrell held the Angels to one run in seven innings and took a no-decision.

Vulture Award

When Reed blew the save for Sale on Tuesday, Reed walked away with an undeserved win as the White Sox came back to score a run off LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom of the ninth for the victory.

Joe Smith blew the save for Kazmir and then watched Jim Johnson blow the save for the Orioles, handing Smith his fourth win of the 2013 campaign.

Steve Delabar allowed two inherited runners to score, charged to Darren Oliver, blowing the hold. The Jays then scored two more runs off Boston reliever Junichi Tazawa, giving Delabar the victory.

Kenley Jansen allowed a run and blew the save but still walked away with the win over the Phillies.

Koji Uehara blew the save at home against Toronto, only to watch the Red Sox rally and get him the win.

Wes Littleton Award

In guarding a three-run lead, Bobby Parnell retired Alejandro de Aza, Alexei Ramirez-and Alex Rios. Even though those are the one-two-three hitters for the White Sox, they ended the game with OBPs of .302, .308, and .335 respectively.

Ryan Reid was tasked with taking it home, going three innings protecting a six-run lead. The three-inning save was the first of his career.

In recording his 19th save, Sergio Romo retired Tyler Colvin, Josh Rutledge and DJ LeMahieu with a three run lead.

Please hold the applause

Robbie Ross was charged with two runs in an inning and two thirds on four hits and a walk. He allowed a two-run home run to Ichiro Suzuki. But it gets worse: He also allowed two inherited runs to score, charged to Rangers starter Justin Grimm. Yet he was credited with the hold as the Rangers scored two runs between the sixth and the seventh, maintaining the cushion that he needed.

A game that fills multiple categories

In Sunday’s game between the Royals and Twins, Ervin Santana allowed four runs in his six innings, walking four. Kevin Correia, the Twins starter, was pummeled by David Lough and the Kansas City offense for five runs in five frames. Tim Collins relieved Santana, allowing a single, a two-run home run, a walk, a fielder’s choice, and another walk before getting lifted for Aaron Crow, who allowed a runner inherited from Collins to score, blowing the save. Lough then homered in the next half inning, giving Crow the lead, which he maintained for the victory. So you had two ineffective starters, neither one of which was given the loss, a completely ineffective reliever who got the hold, and another reliever who got the blown save and the win. That’s a full day here at the awards.

Any sufficiently advanced defense is indistinguishable from pitching

Jhoulys Chacin struck out only three of the 29 Giants he faced at home in Coors Field. He still managed eight scoreless innings with only three balls finding pasture safely.

Aaron Harang faced 29 Cubs, striking out only one of them along the way. Only five batted balls found their way into base hits.

Joe Carter Award

Michael Brantley drove in six runs for Cleveland in his 26 PA. He struggled to avoid outs though, batting .280/.286/.440.

Maicer Izturis, Nate Schierholtz, Drew Stubbs and Marlon Byrd, each plated five runs. They hit .200/.261/.250, .200/.250/.360/, .258/.303/.355, and .200/.261/.400 respectively.

Sanchez Award

Jose Iglesias collected eight hits in 24 PA. Only one of the eight went for extra bases and that was a double. He also failed to get on base by any other means, resulting in an empty batting average and .333/.333/.375 line.

Eric Young went .308/.321/.346 in his 27 PA.

Kyle Blanks tossed up a .286/.286/.357 line in 28 PA.

Adrian Beltre ended the week with a .280/.308/.360 and former teammate Michael Young went .281/.281/.438.

And J.B. Shuck went .280/.296/.360 in 26 PA for the Astros.

Harmon Killebrew Award

Austin Jackson produced only three hits all week. On the other hand, one of those three was a double and another was a home run. He also chipped in seven walks and one hit by pitch, giving him a .143/.379/.333 line in 29 PA.

Steve Balboni Award

Ryan Howard struck out nine times in 19 PA. He flailed his way to a .000/.053/.000 line.

John Buck went .158/.158/.316, punctuated by eight strikeouts in 19 PA.

Adam Lind fanned eight times as well. He ended the week at ..238/.227/.476 for the Blue Jays.

Among other notable batters who struggled to make contact and so struggled to post reasonable batting lines were Pablo Sandoval, Russell Martin, Jay Bruce, Andy Dirks, Pete Kozma, Yoenis Cespedes and Vernon Wells.

Three true outcomes

It seems like Chris Davis gets mentioned for something in the awards every week. This week, he gets a nod because he homered four times, walked twice, and struck out 10 times in 26 PA.

Clete Thomas went yard twice, drew four free passes, and struck out eight times in 28 PA.

Jayson Werth posted a one-four-11 TTO line in 26 PA.

Jose Bautista didn’t strike out as much as it usually takes to be included in this category, but I would feel remiss if I didn’t include his three-four-four in 31 PA.

Austin Jackson went one-seven-five in 28 PA.

And finally, Adam Dunn went one-six-six in 25 PA,

The anti-TTO

Shuck went zero-one-one in 26 PA.

Adam Jones posted a zero-zero-two in 28 PA. He has played in 41 games since he last drew a walk.

This week’s MVP

AL: Jason Kipnis beats out American League Central rival Miguel Cabrera for the honor this week. The Cleveland second baseman went .478/.606/1.043 in 31 PA with four doubles, three home runs, and eight walks. He was two for two on the base paths. Cabrera went yard more often with five home runs, but his line was .417/.440/1.125 in 25 PA. That is a big OBP gap to bridge.

NL: Buster Posey went .500/.560/1.182 in 25 PA. The Giants need that and more these days. I don’t imagine many people expected them to be 12 games worse than the Pirates on the first day of July.

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Clearly, for precisely one month, Sale lost the will to win.


I know you do these by the week, but Chris Sale in June is the epitome of bad luck:

6 starts, 42.1IP, 34h, 8XBH (3HR), 9BB (1 IBB), 3HBP, 53K.

That’s 0.64HR/9 with 11.27K/9 and 1.91BB/9, nearly 6:1.

Hitters put up 213/267/304 against him, which is almost Jeff Keppinger bad.

He was 0 – 5.

Dave Cornutt
Dave Cornutt

I kind of felt sorry for Brian Omogrosso.  Chicago left him out there to take one for the team after he was clearly out of gas.  He did what he was sent in to do in the 3rd, getting Santiago out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing a double play ground ball from Drew Stubbs.  But after he struck out Yan Gomes in the 4th, he had nothing left.

John Barten
John Barten

Sale almost made it this week.

And this gives me a great opportunity to mention that I give the midseason updates for the season the week of the all star game. Since there are only 3 or 4 games per team, there isn’t enough material for a standard weekly column.