This week it becomes time to go all reality television on you and start getting rid of non-contending Smellers. I could say “You’re Fired”, or “The tribe has spoken” or whatever you prefer, but the fact remains that someone is leaving the Smells Like Pujols lineup today.
That man is Miguel Montero, catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. When I calculated this week’s numbers, Miguel amassed a miniscule 723 score vs. the mighty numbers of Mr. Pujols. It’s pretty clear that this guy is not really in the running, so I’m going to let him mosey off into the sunset with a little dignity.
Montero was hurt by a number of factors in this race. One, he is in a platoon situation with another catcher, which means he just really doesn’t get the necessary at-bats. Just being a catcher in the first place doesn’t help him much either – it’s just not a real glamor position for a rookie. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is also slouching around the lower environs of our leader board, and will likely be out of consideration fairly soon. Colorado’s Chris Iannetta never even got above the 700-point threshhold. So all in all, Montero did pretty well for himself.
Obviously, our serious candidates are holding serve at the top of the listings. Unless he goes into a free-fall, Ryan J. Braun looks like the most obvious candidate for offensive ROY. Hunter Pence is hovering in the same stratosphere. Hamilton, Pedroia, Tulowitzki, and the two Youngs, Chris and Delmon, are the others in striking position. The odds of anyone below the 800-point threshhold getting into the top echelon becomes ever more unlikely as the season draws to a close.
So now you know who to talk about when your buddies start to chatter about rookie hitting phenoms. Pour out a forty for brother Montero, and let’s get ready for the stretch run.