So far this year, there have been amazing plays, unbelievable performances, and huge disappointments. But through all the twists and turns of the 2009 MLB season so far, who are the MVPs, ROYs, and Cy Youngs of the season thus far?
This slide show will give you my opinion of the best (and worst) MLB performances six weeks into the MLB 2009 season.
So far this season, Longoria is hitting .333 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI. He is following his ROY 2008 season with an even better 2009 one.
Honorable Mention: Carlos Pena, 1B, Rays; Jason Bay, OF, Red Sox; Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers; Torii Hunter, OF, Angels
Pujols is also having a terrific 2009 season. He is the main reason the Cardinals got out to such a great start. So far this year he already has 13 home runs and 37 RBI.
Honorable Mention: Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres and Raul Ibanez, OF, Phillies
How can it not be Greinke? He has a 0.60 ERA and is 7-1. Oh, and by the way, that one loss was a complete game in which he lost 1-0. He is off to one of the greatest pitching starts of all time.
Honorable Mention: Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
Santana is also out to a great start; it is just overshadowed by Greinke. He has 67 strikeouts and a 1.36 ERA. That is the second best in the major leagues. Johan has also been a great pitcher, and he is proving it again this year.
Honorable Mention: Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
He has never played in AAA, yet somehow Bailey is amazing. Through Tuesday he had a 3-0 record with a 1.42 ERA. In 25.1 innings he has 31 strikeouts and only 11 walks.
Honorable Mention: Travis Snider, OF, Blue Jays
Even though Rasmus' numbers so far are not amazing, I still think he has had the biggest impact of any NL rookie. Besides, let's face it, there are not many NL rookies tearing up the league right now.
Rasmus has had a big effect on the Cards thus far, and I expect that to continue down the stretch.
Honorable mention: Dexter Fowler, OF, Rockies
Scutaro, a career backup, is out to the greatest start of his life. He is tied for the league lead in walks and leads the MLB in runs scored—not to mention he is hitting .283 with five home runs.
He is the catalyst for the MLB's best offense, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Honorable Mention: Nick Swisher, OF, Yankees and Torii Hunter, OF, Angels
What a pickup for LA. Not only is a he a Gold Glove defender, but he is getting it done with the bat as well. He is hitting .341 and has an OBP of .411.
The Dodgers never could have expected this kind of production from Hudson. Hopefully for LA he will keep it up all year.
Honorable mention: Johnny Cueto, SP, Reds and Jorge Cantu, 1B, Marlins
It was a close one between Ortiz and Chien-Ming Wang for this "award." But in the end, Ortiz came out on top. How can he not win? He STILL HAS NOT HOMERED. Come on Ortiz; you've had 133 ABs.
He also only has 15 RBI and is hitting .203—and this is coming from a cleanup-hitting DH. These numbers would be pathetic even for a backup second baseman.
Dishonorable mention: Chien-Ming Wang
Another huge disappointment. Just a few months ago he signed a three-year, $36 million contact. He must just not be trying any more.
After his first five starts he was 1-2 with a 9.97 ERA. He had also walked 21 batters in 21.2 innings. Then he refused to get sent down to AAA, so he had to be put on the DL. It's just sad watching guys with talent fade away.
Dishonorable mention: Manny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers and Ricky Nolasco, SP, Marlins