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2023 SnakePit Awards: Performance of the Year nominations

Two categories. Five in each.

Texas Rangers v. Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Well, that all got a bit confusing. Probably my fault for not making it clear that each nomination needed a separate comment - because otherwise how could people rec an individual performance? I think the rules date back to before the last comment revamp, when there was a subject and a body, which made it easier for this kind of thing to work. I trust we’ve all realized a valuable lesson from this. Still, I’ve managed to pick through the bones of the comments, and think I’ve kinda figured stuff out. Given the regular season award at least seems almost decided, I’m not going to waste any tears on figuring out the back end of the ballot!

Regular season

The only performances to get any traction were a pair of starting pitching performances, so those more or less selected themselves, and I get to choose

Lourdes Gurriell Jr: 5/7 vs. WSN: 2-for-3, two HR, four R, two BB, four RBI, +41.0% WP

Scott McGough, 7/31 @ SFG: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, +44.7% WP

Just want to mention, what makes this stand out is, it was in extra innings, so he started the frame off with a runner already in scoring position, as well as only having a one-run lead to protect. Posting a zero in those circumstances is particularly impressive.

Christian Walker, 8/16 @ COL: 3-for-3, two HR, two BB, four RBI, +62.2% WP

Brandon Pfaadt, 8/18 @ SDP: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

Zac Gallen, 9/8 @ CHC: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB. 9 SO

Post-season

This one feels like it might be more interesting with no one performance particularly standing out. There were certainly some key ones, but there’s less of an obvious choice in this category. I’m curious to see how the voting goes, and if you feel like explaining your selection in the comments, would be interested to see that as well.

Brandon Pfaadt, NLCS Game 3: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO

Gabriel Moreno, NLCS Game 4: 2-for-3, two RBI, two BB, +41.7% WP

Kevin Ginkel, NLCS Game 7: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, +25.0% WP

Tommy Pham, WS Game 2: 4-for-4, two R, two DBL

Merrill Kelly, WS Game 2: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO