By James Bailey It’s been six years since the National League has crowned a pitcher as its Rookie of the Year (Dontrelle Willis, 2003), but that streak will likely end this year. The top contenders for the award with six weeks to play are all moundsmen. None of the three leading candidates began the season [...]
By Bill Begley Philadelphia didn’t get the ace it was shooting for–Toronto’s Roy Halladay—but did get a Cy Young winner in Cliff Lee from the Indians, and did so without having to give up top pitching prospects like J.A. Happ or Kyle Drabek.
By Bill Begley At one point this season, Josh Beckett’s ERA was north of the 5.00 mark and he was struggling to find a groove. Oh, wait … found it. On Sunday, when the Boston ace tossed a 6-0 shutout over Kansas City to improve to 11-3 on the season, it was the fourth time [...]
By James Bailey It’s easy to see how Colby Rasmus’s .333 June was lost in the shadows in St. Louis. For one thing the team finished the month with a losing record, at 12-17. For another, some guy named Albert Pujols stole all the headlines, hitting 14 homers and driving in 35 runs while posting [...]
By James Bailey We’re now a third of the way through the season and no one has stepped forward to take the lead in the NL Rookie of the Year race. When we last checked in on NL Rookies, Cardinals third baseman Brian Barden was the de facto leader, but he’s batted just .167 in [...]
By James Bailey Ross Detwiler vs J.A. Happ Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies May 29, 2009 These two lefthanders are both vital to their respective team’s playoff hopes in the NL East. Of course, they’re on completely different timetables. Detwiler is Washington’s top lefthanded pitching prospect and he’s gaining experience this year that may help [...]
By James Bailey The National League may have more “name” Rookie of the Year candidates to choose from than the American League, but the race is just as wide open here. In fact, much like the AL, the top candidate in the Senior Circuit is a late bloomer who owes his opportunity to an injury.
By Thom Henninger A new season means a new rookie class, and Hardball Cooperative will run down the top rookies by division. Not all rookies featured here will be on Opening Day rosters, but they will get a chance to make an impact sometime in 2009. Let’s begin with the National League East, which has [...]