This is always a little tricky, because you’re comparing hitting with pitching, amongst other things. While I’ve separated those two below, I’ve tried to keep it mostly objective, based on particular numbers as mentioned. As before, if there are single-game performances which I missed, and you think are deserving of a nomination, make you case in the comments. You can also tell us which five (or so) of these candidates are most appropriate to make the final ballot, on Thursday.
- July 31, Christian Walker - 2-for-4, DBL, three RBI, +59.1% WP
- August 16, Eduardo Escobar - 3-for-4, R, HR, three RBI, +69.3% WP
- September 4, Ketel Marte - 4-for-5, R, two DBL, HR, two RBI
- September 15, Kole Calhoun - 3-for-5, two R, two HR, five RBI
- September 26, Tim Locastro - 3-for-3, two R, two RBI, BB, HBP, five times on base
- July 28, Merrill Kelly - 7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
- August 14, Merrill Kelly - 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, +41.7% WP
- September 2, Zac Gallen - 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
- September 2, Stefan Crichton - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, +24.0% WP
- September 22, Riley Smith - 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO in relief
Typically, previous years have involved two hitting performances, two starting pitching ones and a bullpen appearance. However, I am generally pretty flexible about that, so we’ll see what happens. Let the discussions commence.