View Poll Results: Who would you give the NL MVP to?
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09-12-2012, 06:09 AM #41
"The Brewers stink this year".
Ah, the bullpen stinks this year. And even with the bullpen blowing 27 saves, we're back to .500. The Brewers have been one of the hottest teams in the majors winning 17 of their last 22.
And 3rd or maybe 4th place? Are you kidding?? Who's ahead of him except for maybe Posey?
Last edited by the 'stache; 09-12-2012 at 06:17 AM.
09-12-2012, 06:16 AM #42
Ryan Braun has 66 career at bats at AT&T Park. He's got a lifetime batting average of .364 there, with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 14 RBI. He has a 1.227 lifetime OPS.
That's a home run every eleven at bats playing in San Francisco. Now, I realize that Posey, too, would get a bump in his production playing at Miller Park (he's gone yard 6 times in 24 at bats, just amazing), I don't buy that Braun wouldn't hit just as many home runs in San Francisco.
09-12-2012, 06:39 AM #43
Ryan Braun for NL MVP: A strong case can be made
We’re talking about the National League MVP race, a race Braun won last season. He is having the best offensive season in the league this season (really, it isn’t even that close). He clearly has been the best player.
09-12-2012, 01:17 PM #44
09-12-2012, 03:25 PM #45
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09-12-2012, 03:44 PM #46
If a guy makes his team (for example) a 70 win team instead instead of 60 win team, and another makes his team a 90 win team instead of winning 81 games, isn't the guy who made his team 10 wins better more valuable than the guy making his team 9 wins better?
This is why I don't understand the playoff narrative.
09-12-2012, 05:15 PM #47
If it was an award for the best player and not the most VALUABLE player, then I can see making a strong case for Braun, but he really has no value to his team this season. I backed Braun last year over Kemp for the same reason. Did I go a little too far with saying that they stink this year? Maybe. But is .500 good by any means? Not really.
09-13-2012, 12:04 AM #48
Braun's play has been huge, especially after losing Prince Fielder in the offseason. If the Brewer bullpen doesn't blow 27 saves...hell, if they blow 5 fewer saves, we're 76-65, and in the lead for a wild card. Milwaukee is third in the majors in runs scored, and 5th in slugging. Braun is a big part of that.
By the way, the Brewers just swept the Braves, swept the Pirates, and took 2 out of 3 against the Cardinals (and only didn't sweep them because Kameron Loe blew a save). We've won 18 of our last 23, including 8 of 9 against the three teams ahead of us in the playoff hunt.
Brewers are now 3 games out of the playoffs.
Last edited by the 'stache; 09-13-2012 at 12:11 AM.
09-13-2012, 04:21 PM #49
Instead of making a case against Braun, I'll make a case for Posey. In the first half of the season, it was quite evident that Melky Cabrera was leading the charge on that team. We all know that he got nailed for PEDs. Since then, and really since the all-star break, Posey has stepped up and took over the role. Posey also plays the most physically demanding position in the game. To catch day in and day out and still put up the numbers he puts up, it's unheard of.
July - .381 3 HR 21 RBI
Aug - .371 6 HR 21 RBI
Sep - .370 2 HR 7 RBI
09-13-2012, 04:24 PM #50