Werth Should’ve Been World Series MVP

October 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm 6 comments

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Congrats to the Philadelphia Phillies for winning the 2008 World Series. Many people (including myself) can point to a lot of bad calls but I’m not touching “those” bad calls right now. But the one bad call I will touch is the World Series MVP. The award was given to Cole Hamels, who pitched a heck of a series but the real MVP was Jayson Werth.

Hamels pitched very well and was the only Phillie to start two games. He was 1-0 over 13 innings with an ERA of 2.77 and only 10 hits and 3 walks allowed while striking out 8. Not bad at all.

While playing all 5 games Werth hit .444/.583/.778 with 3 doubles, a homer, 3-for-3 in steals, 6/4 BB/K rate, 4 runs, 3 RBI, and threw a guy out at the plate. He hit in the #2 spot and provided a spark to the lineup that Jimmy Rollins couldn’t.

Another guy I would’ve given the MVP to over Hamels was catcher Carlos Ruiz. He did have trouble throwing guys out but not many people could’ve thrown the Rays out. He did a fantastic job calling games and blocking balls in the dirt each game. He started all 5 games and hit .375/.500/.688 with 2 doubles, a homer, 1-for-1 in steals, 4/0 BB/K rate (that’s right, zero strikeouts), 2 runs, and 3 RBI. And if you like the stat then you can add his two game-winning RBI to his World Series resume.

Hamels winning the award wasn’t the worst pick for the award but it was the writers doing what they do best. They took stats and circumstances from outside the World Series and awarded a player for his stellar postseason while neglecting to give the award to the player that was the most valuable in the World Series: Jayson Werth.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mick  |  October 29, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Well, didn’t Ryan Howard hit 3 or 4 HR’s. Not that I think Howard should have been MVP. He’s been the easiest out in baseball throughout the playoffs..but I wouldn’t even consider Werth. When I think of Werth, I think of him getting picked off and second, and doubled up at first on a fly ball

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 30, 2008 at 7:39 am

    I can see your point but I see a guy who got on base 14 times and of those 14 time he was in scoring position 7 times (3 doubles, a homer, and 3 steals). He also threw Baldelli out at the plate.

    Hamels won because the voters looked at his entire postseason numbers and he was the only starter to pitch two games. He should give the trophy to the umps that helped out too. Oops, I went there!

  • 3. MikeMcGinnis  |  October 30, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    jonathan, i am afraid to say MVP voting has gone the way of all-star voting it’s a popularity contest in pro sports these days.

    this is another shining example. you’re right on about jayson werth and i am so glad you gave credit where it was due to carlos ruiz.

    look at last year’s ALCS how in the world did kevin youkilis not win the MVP?

    look at the last two super bowls. the colts won
    joseph addai should’ve been mvp he wasn’t…..last year the giants win justin tuck should’ve been mvp he wasn’t.

    and i WILL say something about the umpiring in the world series….

    it made the announcers on TBS doing the Championship Series look good (i exclude Ron Darling from the group because he’s one of the best color announcers in the game).

    the umpiring in the world series was a disgrace and this is coming from a guy who liked both teams and was going to be happy with whomever won.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 31, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I agree 100% Mike. It’s all popularity. It’s a joke.

    I’m glad you touched the umpiring. It was honestly the most one-sided biased calling I have ever seen. If I were the Rays I would ask for an investigation to be done.

    I think I saw the umpiring crew having beers with Tim Donaghy then giving him some money after the series. (Just kidding for all those who think I’m serious)

  • 5. Howard  |  November 5, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Did you notice the obvious calls in the Rays favor (the Baldelli K in the 2nd inning of Game 2, the Rollins HBP in the 9th inning of Game 2 and the Crawford bunt single in Game 4) or just the ones in the Phillies favor?

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 6, 2008 at 8:16 am

    I would dare say that those calls were very close, much closer than other calls in that series. Even if they were obvious it was the constant calling of bad calls in favor of the Philles that was so awful not just the obvious ones.


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