Usually we don’t worry about player of the month honors, but C.J. Cron over Bryce Harper? Really?
Statistically, they were as similar as could be. Here are their August numbers:
Harper: .337/.455/.776, 10 HR, 25 RBI, 25 R, 209 wRC+
Cron: .387/.463/.828, 11 HR, 34 RBI, 18 R, 217 wRC+
It’s not as though Cron is undeserving, but using context, Harper has done all of this in the middle of a pennant race while Cron is playing out the string in Colorado. These types of honors usually go under the radar, but people around Philadelphia have been intently watching, and appreciating, how Harper has almost singlehandedly kept the offense afloat while the players around him crumble down. This latest run of seven runs or more games has lessened the need for Harper to produce....but he’s still be right in the middle of it all. There should be some kind of award for him, but alas, the league went with the guy with the higher batting average.
Again, it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s a little ridiculous.
On to the links.
- Cam Bedrosian has someone close to the Phillies who gave him some advice on how to handle the city and the pennant race.
- Aaron Nola might be “tired” of hearing about September, but maybe he should - I don’t know - pitch better in the month. Crazy idea, right?
- Looks like Didi Gregorius will be returning to the team today.
- Of all the teams close to the playoff hunt, which has the best chance of making a surprise run at October?
- The Mets continue their descent into disarray by placing their general manager on paid leave.
- So naturally, the Mets take a chance on Brad Hand, who was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays just the other day.
- The offer the owners made about service time? Yeah, they didn’t go for it.