MLB Power Rankings: Week 23 | The NL Wild Card Race Is Well...Wild

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 23 | The NL Wild Card Race Is Well...Wild
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Team (Record|Last Week's Ranking)

 

 

1. New York Yankees (99-56|1)

Offensive Player of the Week: Alex Rodriguez (.300 avg, 3 HR, 8 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: CC Sabathia (W, 7 IP, 8 Ks, 0 ER)

Yankees MVP of the 2009: Mark Teixeira (.293 avg, 37 HR, 119 RBI, .947 OPS)
Mark Teixeira has provided the team a consistent offensive bat. He filled the void more than effectively left by an ineffective Jason Giambi. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter have helped a ton, but the numbers don't lie and Teixeira is the team's best player. He also plays good defense.

Playoff Prediction: World Series Champions

 

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (93-62|3)

Offensive Player of the Week: Rafael Furcal (.500 avg, 5 RBI, 1.344 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Randy Wolf (W, 12.1 IP, 2.92 ERA, 8 Ks)

Dodgers MVP of 2009: Matt Kemp (.303 avg, 26 HR, 100 RBI, 34 SB)
Matt Kemp has the potential to be a great five-tool player. He bats for average, power, producing runs, can steal bases, and plays excellent defense. Andre Ethier is a popular pick, but Kemp has been a consistent staple while Ethier slumped his way to the bottom while Manny Ramirez was suspended.

Playoff Prediction: NLCS Losers

 

3. St. Louis Cardinals (90-65|4)

Offensive Player of the Week: Yadier Molina (.316 avg, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: Adam Wainwright (W, 15 IP, 2.40 ERA, 21 Ks)

Cardinals MVP of 2009: Albert Pujols (.329 avg, 47 HR, 129 RBI, 1.117 OPS)
The Most Valuable Player of the league has to be the most valuable player on his team. Pujols has continued his Hall of Fame career and has dangled with triple crown potential. He's the best player in baseball. Matt Holliday has been great for the Cardinals, but Pujols has been doing it all year for the Cardinals.

Playoff Prediction: World Series Losers

 

4. Boston Red Sox (91-63|2)

Offensive Player of the Week: David Ortiz (.304 avg, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: Daisuke Matsuzaka (W, 12.1 IP, 2.92 ERA, 8 Ks)

Red Sox MVP of 2009: Jason Bay (.265 avg, 36 HR, 115 RBI, .927 OPS)
Although his average isn't desirable, Bay has provided a bat that is all the necessary with the power outage (and declining on-base percentage) of scandalous Big Papi. Bay is amongst the best in the American League in all the power categories and walks. Bay has also been surprisingly good in the outfield.

Playoff Prediction: ALCS Losers

 

5. Philadelphia Phillies (89-65|5)

Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Howard (.355 avg, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: Joe Blanton (W, 7 IP, 9 Ks, 0 ER)

Phillies MVP of 2009: Ryan Howard (.276 avg, 43 HR, 136 RBI, .922 OPS)
If this were a couple of weeks ago, this honor would go to Chase Utley. But Utley has cooled down and Howard has heated up. Howard has continued his massive power numbers and has brought up his average a ton. Howard also has massively improved his defense.

Playoff Prediction: NLDS Losers

 

6. Los Angeles Angels (90-64|6)

Offensive Player of the Week: Chone Figgins (.440 avg, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1.220 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Joe Saunders (W, 8.1 IP, 2.16 ERA)

Angels MVP of 2009: Kendry Morales (.299 avg, 31 HR, 99 RBI, .900 OPS)
Morales has solidified the first base position that the Angels haven't had a consistent bat at for a while. Batting nearly .300 all year with his power numbers makes Morales a huge asset. Bobby Abreu could be a good pick with his RBI and stolen bases, but Morales was the bat the Halos were missing when the offense was slumping.

Playoff Prediction: ALDS Losers

 

7. Atlanta Braves (84-70|9)

Offensive Player of the Week: Martin Prado (.474 avg, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: Javier Vazquez (W, CG, 1 ER, 9 Ks)

Braves MVP of 2009: Brian McCann (.286 avg, 21 HR, 90 RBI, .851 OPS)
McCann is the best offensive catcher in the National League. Despite missing time, he is the team's leader in runs batted in. While the Braves offense has been anemic, McCann's bat hasn't. It would be possible to go with a pitcher here, but where would the Braves be without McCann?

Playoff Prediction: No Playoffs

 

8. Colorado Rockies (87-68|8)

Offensive Player of the Week: Clint Barmes (.524 avg, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1.375 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Jason Hammel (6.1 IP, 2.84 ERA, 6 Ks/0 BB)

Rockies MVP of 2009: Troy Tulowitzki (.288 avg, 30 HR, 86 RBI, .905 OPS)
With Brad Hawpe cooling down tremendously, Tulowitzki carried the offensive load. He's massively improved his game and leads the team in runs batted in. Not too shabby for a player who was benched earlier in the season. He might win the NL Comeback Player award, too.

Playoff Prediction: NLDS Losers

 

9. Texas Rangers (85-69|11)

Offensive Player of the Week: Marlon Byrd (.308 avg, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 1.015 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Kevin Millwood (2-0, 14 IP, 1.29 ERA)

Rangers MVP of 2009: Michael Young (.322 avg, 22 HR, 67 RBI, .898 OPS)
Michael Young has had an unbelievable second half. He's the reason the Rangers were in any sort of playoff consideration for a while. While Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler have fallen off, Young has continued his consistent play and provided an offensive punch when it was needed.

Playoff Prediction: No Playoffs

 

10. Minnesota Twins (81-73|12)

Offensive Player of the Week: Denard Span (.400 avg, 7 RBI, 1.033 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Nick Blackburn (W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks)

Twins MVP of 2009: Joe Mauer (.371 avg, 28 HR, 92 RBI, 1.050 OPS)
Like Albert Pujols, the most valuable player of the league has to be the most valuable player on his team. A catcher batting over .370 while leading the league in on-base percentage and slugging is just unbelievably astonishing. Not to mention his great defense and he's propelled the Twins into playoff consideration.

Playoff Prediction: ALDS Losers

 

11. Detroit Tigers (83-71|13)

Offensive Player of the Week: Placido Polanco (.462 avg, 6 RBI, 1.000 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Justin Verlander (W, 7 IP, 2.57 ERA, 11 Ks)

Tigers MVP of 2009: Miguel Cabrera (.331 avg, 32 HR, 100 RBI, .955 OPS)
Without Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers aren't even close to a playoff team. He is the only consistent bat in the offense and he lacks any protection. He has triple crown potential in the future. He also plays great (and underrated) defense. It's amazing he has 100 RBI with the batters around him.

Playoff Prediction: No Playoffs

 

12. Florida Marlins (83-72|10)

Offensive Player of the Week: Jorge Cantu (.435 avg, 5 RBI, 1.109 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Anibal Sanchez (W, 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 Ks)

Marlins MVP of 2009: Hanley Ramirez (.348 avg, 24 HR, 105 RBI, 26 SB, .968 OPS)
What can't Hanley Ramirez do? Ramirez leads the league in batting average. He also is the team's leader in runs batted in and stolen bases. Without Ramirez, the Marlins aren't an over-.500 ballclub. A case could be made for Josh Johnson, but he's not having a great second half at all.

Playoff Prediction: No Playoffs

 

13. Chicago Cubs (81-73|16)

Offensive Player of the Week: Derrek Lee (.368 avg, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: Carlos Zambrano (W, 15 IP, 1.20 ERA, 14 Ks)

Cubs MVP of 2009: Derrek Lee (.306 avg, 35 HR, 109 RBI, .975 OPS)
After a slow start, Derrek Lee exploded offensively. He should easily finish top-ten in MVP voting in the National League. He leds the Cubs in runs scored, double, home runs, runs batted in, batting average, slugging, and on-base percentage. Not to mention his defense is still sharp.

Playoff Prediction: No Playoffs

 

14. San Francisco Giants (82-73|7)

Offensive Player of the Week: Juan Uribe (.407 avg, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1.096 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Brad Penny (8 IP, 1.13 ERA, 4 Ks)

Giants MVP of 2009: Pablo Sandoval (.324 avg, 22 HR, 84 RBI, .916 OPS)
The Kung Fu Panda clearly has been the only consistent and good bat in the Giants anemic offense. A case could be made for either one of the pitching studs on the team, but their Setpembers have been far from pretty. Take Sandoval out of the lineup, see how many less wins the Giants have.

Playoff Prediction: No Playoffs

 

15. Seattle Mariners (80-75|14)

Offensive Player of the Week: Franklin Gutierrez (.375 avg, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: Ian Snell (W, 12 IP, 1.50 ERA, 9 Ks)

Mariners MVP of 2009: Ichiro Suzuki (.353 avg, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 26 SB, .852 OPS)
It might have went to Russell Branyan for providing the offensive punch, but he went injured...and the Mariners playoffs dreams were clearly dashed. Ichiro continues to be one of the best players in baseball, and is only second to Joe Mauer in the league in batting average.

 

16. Milwaukee Brewers (77-78|17)

Offensive Player of the Week: Prince Fielder (4 HR, 10 RBI, 1.079 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Manny Parra (W, 7 IP, 1.29 ERA, 8 Ks)

Brewers MVP of 2009: Prince Fielder (.297 avg, 43 HR, 137 RBI, 1.007 OPS)
If it weren't for that Albert Pujols guy, Fielder would surely be the MVP of the National Legue. While nearly batting .300 with a .400+ OBP, he leads the National League in RBI and has continued to hit home runs at a whopping pace. He's also improved his defense and baserunning.

 

17. Tampa Bay Rays (78-76|15)

Offensive Player of the Week: B.J. Upton (.444 avg, 5 RBI, 2 SB)
Pitcher of the Week: David Price (W, 6.2 IP, 1.35 ERA)

Rays MVP of 2009: Evan Longoria (.284 avg, 31 HR, 109 RBI)
Evan Longoria followed up his rookie season with a great sophomore season. Although he's cooled down a bit, his season numbers at the end will constitute one of the best seasons in franchise history. Not to mention he should be the favorite to win the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.

 

18. Oakland Athletics (75-80|18)

Offensive Player of the Week: Daric Barton (.500 avg, 9 RBI, 1.227 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Gio Gonzalez (W, 6.1 IP, 7 Ks, 0 ER)

Athletics MVP of 2009: Rajai Davis (.313 avg, 47 RBI, 40 SB, .800 OPS)
Rajai Davis is having an extremely underrated season and he should be at least in consideration for AL Comeback Player of the Year. The Athletics don't have a lot offensively, and Davis is the only player batting over .300, which isn't bad when combined with his 40 stolen bases.

 

19. Cincinnati Reds (74-81|20)

Offensive Player of the Week: Joey Votto (.560 avg, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 1.793 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Bronson Arroyo (W, 7 IP, 1.29 ERA, 4 Ks)

Reds MVP of 2009: Joey Votto (.319 avg, 23 HR, 80 RBI, .971 OPS)
Despite missing time due to an unfortunate depression, Votto still leds the Reds in home runs and doubles. He is the only player on the Reds that is batting (well) over .280 and his .400+ on-base percentage is more than impressive. His defense is also an overlooked aspect of his game.

 

20. San Diego Padres (72-84|21)

Offensive Player of the Week: Oscar Salazar (.345 avg, 9 RBI, .995 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Kevin Correia (2-0, 1 CG, 16 IP, 12 Ks)

Padres MVP of 2009: Adrian Gonzalez (.274 avg, 39 HR, 96 RBI, .950 OPS)
Gonzalez is literally the only source of offense that the Friars have. He leads the Padres in runs scored, hits, home runs, runs batted in, on-base percentage, slugging, and (even with his not spectacular) batting average. If the Padres do decide to trade him, they're going to get something major back.

 

21. Chicago White Sox (74-81|19)

Offensive Player of the Week: Gordon Beckham (2 HR, 5 RBI, .973 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Jake Peavy (W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 Ks)

White Sox MVP of 2009: Scott Podsednik (.302 avg, 6 HR, 45 RBI, 29 SB)
The White Sox offense liked to disappear. With the acquisition of Podsednik, he made the White Sox offense come alive and be in contention at least for a portion of the summer. Not to mention there's not a more clutch player on the team. Pods leads the team in hits and stolen bases.

 

22. Toronto Blue Jays (71-84|24)

Offensive Player of the Week: Edwin Encarnacion (.320 avg, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1.120 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Roy Halladay (1-1, 1 CG, 16 IP, 1.13 ERA, 13 Ks)

Blue Jays MVP of 2009: Adam Lind (.301 avg, 32 HR, 109 RBI, .913 OPS)
Adam Lind is underrated. Plain and simple. Putting up the power numbers he does while batting .300 is excellent. He and Aaron Hill make up one of the better power duos in baseball. A strong case could be made for Roy Halladay for this honor, but Lind came out of nowhere when Vernon Wells and Alex Rios disappeared.

 

23. Houston Astros (71-83|22)

Offensive Player of the Week: Miguel Tejada (.500 avg, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1.417 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Bud Norris (W, 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 Ks)

Astros MVP of 2009: Carlos Lee (.302 avg, 26 HR, 98 RBI, .842 OPS)
Lance Berkman went down. The Astros needed a bat. Carlos Lee was that bat. He leads the Astros in doubles, home runs, and runs batted in. He's become an underrated outfielder. A case could be made for Michael Bourn, but he's cooled down tremendously. Same thing applies to Miguel Tejada.

 

24. Arizona Diamondbacks (67-88|23)

Offensive Player of the Week: Mark Reynolds (2 HR, 4 RBI, .802 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Kevin Mulvey (6 IP, 3 ER, 4 Ks)

Diamondbacks MVP of 2009: Justin Upton (.307 avg, 25 HR, 83 RBI, 20 SB, .917 OPS)
The little Upton finally broke out and was an All-Star this year. He has the potential to be a great five-tool player. A case could be made for Mark Reynolds, but he's a rally-killer and his strikeout numbers are through the roof. Upton would have some better numbers had it not been for injury.

 

25. New York Mets (66-89|25)

Offensive Player of the Week: Daniel Murphy (.350 avg, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1.100 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Nelson Figueroa (7 IP, 2.57 ERA, 5 Ks)

Mets MVP of 2009: David Wright (.306 avg, 10 HR, 69 RBI, 26 SB)
Yes, the power isn't there. But Wright has made up for it. He is now batting for average and is one of the premier power-speed combo players in the game. He missed some time after being beaned, but the Mets leader is still of most value to his team. Besides, nobody else really stepped up on the Mets.

 

26. Kansas City Royals (63-92|26)

Offensive Player of the Week: Billy Butler (.407 avg, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.336 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Zack Grienke (W, 6 IP, 5 Ks, 0 ER)

Royals MVP of 2009: Zack Greinke (15-8, 2.08 ERA, 229 Ks, 1.06 WHIP)
There's no doubt. The only reason the Royals having completely slided into oblivion is Zack Greinke. He's the prohibitive favorite to win the American League Cy Young and he would have tons more wins had he played on a team with a semi-competent offense.

 

27. Cleveland Indians (63-91|29)

Offensive Player of the Week: Shin-Soo Choo (.348 avg, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1.103 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: Aaron Laffey (6.2 IP, 1 ER)

Indians MVP of 2009: Shin-Soo Choo (.304 avg, 18 HR, 82 RBI, 20 SB, .884 OPS)
Shin-Soo Choo is an underrated beast. He leads the Tribe in runs scored, hits, home runs, runs batted in, walks, stolen bases, on-base percentage, slugging, and batting average. He has five-tool potential as he's a great fielder with a rocket arm. With V-Mart traded and Sizemore injured, Choo didn't slow down.

 

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (57-96|28)

Offensive Player of the Week: Andrew McCutchen (.321 avg, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
Pitcher of the Week: Matt Capps (1 Sv, 2 IP, 0 ER, 3 Ks)

Pirates MVP of 2009: Andrew McCutchen (.277 avg, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 16 SB)
Despite only playing in 100 games, McCutchen leads the Pirates in runs batted in. He plays phenomenal defense and is a real spark at the top of the Bucs lineup. Not too shabby for a rookie. McCutchen and fellow rookie Garrett Jones prove the Bucs might have a bright future, pending them not being traded.

 

29. Baltimore Orioles (60-94|27)

Offensive Player of the Week: Matt Wieters (.440 avg, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1.180 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: David Hernandez (2 ER, 6 IP, 5 Ks)

Orioles MVP of 2009: Nick Markakis (.291 avg, 17 HR, 96 RBI, .790 OPS)
Markakis is a run producing machine. He's had to continue to produce with Adam Jones going down and Aubrey Huff being traded. Markakis leads the Orioles in runs batted in and batting average. He is also a tremendous outfielder with a rocket arm. A case could be made for Brian Roberts, but Markakis is the crux of the offense.

 

30. Washington Nationals (52-102|30)

Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Zimmerman (1 HR, 4 RBI, .879 OPS)
Pitcher of the Week: John Lannan (7 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks)

Nationals MVP of 2009: Adam Dunn (.273 avg, 38 HR, 103 RBI, .946 OPS)
Adam Dunn is batting about 20 points higher than his career batting average. He is putting up stellar power numbers and has been flexible in his position change. A case could be made for Ryan Zimmerman, but Dunn has better on-base percentage and power numbers.

 

Previous Power Rankings:

|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|

Biggest climb: The Chicago Cubs climbed three spots from No. 16 to No. 13 after going 6-1 last week.

Biggest fall: The San Francisco Giants fell seven spots from No. 7 to No. 14 after going 2-5 last week.

Prediction of the Week: The Braves will win seven of their last eight.

Division Rankings (Win %|Last Week's Ranking)
*Rankings are done by taking the average ranking of every team in each division.

1. AL West (.534|1): (6) Laa, (9) Tex, (15) Sea, (17) Oak
2. NL West (.517|2): (2) Lad, (8) Col, (14) Sfg, (20) Sdp, (24) Ari
3. AL East (.517|3): (1) Nyy, (4) Bos, (18) Tbr, (22) Tor, (29) Bal
4. NL East (.484|4): (5) Phi, (7) Atl, (12) Fla, (25) Nym, (30) Was
5. NL Central (.486|5): (3) Stl, (13) Chc, (16) Mil, (19) Cin, (23) Hou, (28) Pit
6. AL Central (.471|6): (10) Min, (11) Det, (21) Cws, (26) Kcr, (27) Cle

 

If the playoffs started today...

(1) Yankees v. (3) Tigers
(2) Angels v. (WC) Red Sox

(1) Dodgers v. (3) Phillies
(2) Cardinals v. (WC) Rockies

If awards were handed out today...

American League MVP: Joe Mauer
1. Joe Mauer (Min): .371 avg, 28 HR, 92 RBI, 1.049 OPS
2. Mark Teixeira (Nyy): .293 avg, 37 HR, 119 RBI, .947 OPS
3. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .331 avg, 32 HR, 100 RBI, .955 OPS
4. Adam Lind (Tor): .301 avg, 32 HR, 109 RBI, .913 OPS
5. Kendry Morales (Laa): .299 avg, 31 HR, 99 RBI, .900 OPS

National League MVP: Albert Pujols
1. Albert Pujols (Stl): .329 avg, 47 HR, 129 RBI, 1.117  OPS
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): .297 avg, 43 HR, 137 RBI, 1.003 OPS
3. Hanley Ramirez (Fla): .348 avg, 24 HR, 105 RBI, 26 SB, .967 OPS
4. Derrek Lee (Chc): .306 avg, 35 HR, 109 RBI, .975 OPS
5. Ryan Howard (Phi): .276 avg, 43 HR, 136 RBI, .922 OPS

American League Cy Young: Zack Greinke
1. Zack Greinke (Kcr): 15-8, 2.08 ERA, 229 Ks, 1.06 WHIP
2. Felix Hernandez (Sea): 17-5, 2.49 ERA, 207 Ks, 1.14 WHIP
3. Roy Halladay (Tor): 16-10, 2.90 ERA, 202 Ks, 1.15 WHIP
4. CC Sabathia (Nyy): 19-7, 3.21 ERA, 194 Ks, 1.10 WHIP
5. Justin Verlander (Det): 17-9, 3.41 ERA, 256 Ks, 1.19 WHIP

National League Cy Young: Chris Carpenter
1. Chris Carpenter (Stl): 16-4, 2.30 ERA, 138 Ks, 1.01 WHIP
2. Tim Lincecum (Sfg): 14-7, 2.47 ERA, 254 Ks, 1.06 WHIP
3. Adam Wainwright (Stl): 19-8, 2.58 ERA, 204 Ks, 1.21 WHIP
4. Javier Vazquez (Atl): 15-9, 2.83 ERA, 229 Ks, 1.02 WHIP
5. Jair Jurrjens (Atl): 13-10, 2.70 ERA, 140 Ks, 1.24 WHIP

American League Rookie of the Year: Andrew Bailey
1. Andrew Bailey (Oak): 26 saves, 1.88 ERA, 89 Ks, 0.90 WHIP
2. Jeff Niemann (Tbr): 12-6, 3.81 ERA, 117 Ks, 1.32 WHIP
3. Elvis Andrus (Tex): .269 avg, 34 RBI, 31 SB, .704 OPS
4. Matt Wieters (Bal): .289 avg, 8 HR, 39 RBI, .758 OPS
5. Gordon Beckham (Cws): .268 avg, 14 HR, 59 RBI, .809 OPS

National League Rookie of the Year: J.A. Happ
1. J.A. Happ (Phi): 11-4, 2.79 ERA, 112 Ks, 1.20 WHIP
2. Tommy Hanson (Atl): 11-4, 2.98 ERA, 107 Ks, 1.19 WHIP
3. Randy Wells (Chc): 11-9, 3.00 ERA, 93 Ks, 1.27 WHIP
4. Casey McGehee (Mil): .306 avg, 15 HR, 64 RBI, .874 OPS
5. Chris Coghlan (Fla): .312 avg, 9 HR, 44 RBI, .832 OPS

American League Manager of the Year: Mike Scioscia
1. Mike Scioscia (Laa)
2. Don Wakamatsu (Sea)
3. Jim Leyland (Det)
4. Ron Gardenhire (Min)
5. Ron Washington (Tex)

National League Manager of the Year: Jim Tracy
1. Jim Tracy (Col)
2. Tony La Russa (Stl)
3. Joe Torre (Lad)
4. Charlie Manuel (Phi)
5. Fredi Gonzalez (Fla)

American League Comeback Player of the Year: Justin Verlander
1. Justin Verlander (Det): 17-9, 3.41 ERA, 256 Ks, 1.19 WHIP
2. Aaron Hill (Tor): .287 avg, 34 HR, 103 RBI, .828 OPS
3. Victor Martinez (Cle/Bos): .301 avg, 22 HR, 102 RBI, .857 OPS
4. Rajai Davis (Oak): .313 avg, 47 RBI, 40 SB, .801 OPS
5. Scott Podsednik (Cws): .302 avg, 45 RBI, 29 SB, .756 OPS

National League Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Carpenter
1. Chris Carpenter (Stl): 16-4, 2.30 ERA, 138 Ks, 1.01 WHIP
2. Troy Tulowitzki (Col): .288 avg, 30 HR, 86 RBI, .905 OPS
3. Javier Vazquez (Atl): 15-9, 2.83 ERA, 229 Ks, 1.02 WHIP
4. Todd Helton (Col): .320 avg, 14 HR, 81 RBI, .895 OPS
5. Joel Pineiro (Stl): 15-11, 3.24 ERA, 100 Ks, 1.13 WHIP

American League Relief Man of the Year: Mariano Rivera
1. Mariano Rivera (Nyy): 43/45 saves, 1.85 ERA, 71 Ks, 0.92 WHIP
2. Jonathan Papelbon (Bos): 37/40 saves, 1.94 ERA, 74 Ks, 1.20 WHIP
3. David Aardsma (Sea): 36/40 saves, 2.00 ERA, 77 Ks, 1.14 WHIP
4. Joe Nathan (Min): 44/49 saves, 2.14 ERA, 83 Ks, 0.95 WHIP
5. Andrew Bailey (Oak): 26/30 saves, 1.88 ERA, 88 Ks, 0.90 WHIP

National League Relief Man of the Year: Ryan Franklin
1. Ryan Franklin (Stl): 38/43 saves, 1.95 ERA, 43 Ks, 1.15 WHIP
2. Trevor Hoffman (Mil): 36/39 saves, 1.76 ERA, 46 Ks, 0.88 WHIP
3. Huston Street (Col): 33/34 saves, 2.83 ERA, 67 Ks, 0.87 WHIP
4. Francisco Cordero (Cin): 39/43 saves, 2.19 ERA, 57 Ks, 1.34 WHIP
5. Jonathan Broxton (Lad): 36/41 saves, 2.32 ERA, 111 Ks, 0.91 WHIP

American League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards:


Silver Slugger
Gold Glove
C Joe Mauer (Min)
Joe Mauer (Min)
1B Mark Teixeira (Nyy)
Miguel Cabrera (Det)
2B Aaron Hill (Tor)
Placido Polanco (Det)
SS Derek Jeter (Nyy)
Cesar Izturis (Bal)
3B Evan Longoria (Tbr)
Evan Longoria (Tbr)
OF Torii Hunter (Laa)
Franklin Gutierrez (Sea)
OF Nick Markakis (Bal)
B.J. Upton (Tbr)
OF Jason Bay (Bos) Ryan Sweeney (Oak)
DH|P Adam Lind (Tor)
Mark Buehrle (Cws)


National League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards:


Silver Slugger
Gold Glove
C Brian McCann (Atl)
Yadier Molina (Stl)
1B Albert Pujols (Stl)
Adrian Gonzalez (Sdp)
2B Chase Utley (Phi)
Chase Utley (Phi)
SS Hanley Ramirez (Fla)
Jimmy Rollins (Phi)
3B Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
OF Ryan Braun (Mil)
Matt Kemp (Lad)
OF Adam Dunn (Was)
Michael Bourn (Hou)
OF Andre Ethier (Lad)
Mike Cameron (Mil)
P Micah Owings (Cin)
Josh Johnson (Fla)
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