Well, June is over. It started out pretty nicely. Padres won the first two series' then split the series in Atlanta. After that, things went a little sideways. Wil Myers came and went. Bud Black just went. In that time, the Padres suffered four straight series losses before winning the Arizona series at home. Then there was the Seattle series that just ended. That was not best for business. However, we are gathered here today to determine who was the MVP for the month of June. And you might be thinking "what's the use?" Why should I vote for a June MVP when the Padres are 8 games out of 1st in the NL West and 6.5 games out of the Wild Card? You want to know why?
Because players are valuable. That's the point of these posts.
No matter your thoughts on the current state of the Padres, one thing holds true.
There is value there.
Whether that value begins to provide more wins for the Padres or prospects, we don't know yet.
I don't know yet.
What I do know is that I want to keep writing these posts because it's a way for me to look at the player's value to this team. To this season. To each series.
For series after series, I've been putting up tables which showed how many points each player earned in each game with a total for the series. The results are a bit surprising after I put all the series totals together.
|M. Upton Jr.||X||X||2||-4||12||12||0||-2||3||23|
There are numbers in those charts that I must say I was a little shocked by. One that sticks out to me is Andrew Cashner. He finished with 34 points in June. His last start in June got him 34 points. He was at zero before he faced Arizona. I knew he had a tough month, but it wasn't until I put the month together before I saw how tough a month he really had. He averaged less than 5.67 points per start in June. Will Middlebrooks appeared in all but one series and only contributed 14 points total for the Padres. That's rough. And Odrisamer Despaigne? He had a higher average point per start than Cashner only because he started 1 game more than he did. Now for the positives of the month for San Diego.
Yonder Alonso had himself quite the month. Since his return on June 2nd, he has provided positive points in all but one series. He's the only player to have played in each series and only have 1 negative series. One of the more interesting things about his June performance is that the series' that were won were the only 3 that Alonso had double digit points.
Matt Kemp held a .243 average with 5 home runs and 25 hits for the Padres. The month started out nice with 27 points in Cincinnati, but has been up and down since then. He's started to find his stride in the lead-off spot so July should look nicer for Kemp.
Derek Norris had a nice point total, but a less than stellar month at the plate. Batting .168 with 7 home runs is nice for my point system but bad for the team. His two best series', like Kemp, came in series' which the Padres won. However, he did not contribute as much as he needed to for the Padres during the rest of the month. Kemp, Norris, and Alonso were vital for the Padres success, but as the numbers show, their lack of consistent output hurt the chances for more than 3 series wins.
Missing from this discussion is Justin Upton who has been looking to garner votes for the All-Star game, but his June does not show it. He batted a dismal .196, which was better than Norris, but only contributed 2 home runs and 9 RBI.
On the pitching side, 3 pitchers stand out to me for the month. Ian Kennedy had a great month. With 21.5 points per start, he held a 2-2 record which included 2 no decisions in June. His 2 losses were "quality starts", but only because errors kept him from being truly to blame for the runs being scored. With the runs added, they would bring Kennedy down to near Tyson Ross' point total.
Tyson Ross had 115 points over 5 starts. His 23 point per start average is the best, but is helped greatly by his 56 point complete game in Arizona. That start shot his point totals up past where he may have finished had he had a regular start which is around where James Shields finished June.
Brandon Maurer. I had no idea how consistent he was until I put the points together. The relievers are gaining points and much of the time, they get double digits by being lucky enough to be the one in there when the Padres take the lead late in the game. Maurer surrendered 9 hits while striking out 13 in over 14 innings pitched. In June, Maurer collected 4 wins in relief. He was certainly the best relief option for the Padres in June and should continue to be a reliable arm for the Padres as they enter the second half of 2015.
So, we're back to what I want to have you, the reader, do for us.
Vote for who you feel was the most valuable player for the Padres in June.