I can’t believe that this is our 5th Annual MMO First Half Awards. This year 17 MMO Bloggers weighed in, an all time high for us. After a few long hours, all the results have finally been tabulated and here they are presented for your enjoyment.
Best Mets Win
The 20 Inning Marathon (7 Votes) – Jose Reyes hits a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to help the Mets beat the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on April 17th. It featured some great Mets clutch pitching that stranded 22 Cardinals, a spectacular defensive gem from Alex Cora, and Mike Pelfrey came in to pick up the first save of his career. It was the Mets’ longest game since they lost 4-3 to St. Louis in 25 innings on Sept. 11, 1974.
Honorable Mention: May 25th, Dickey throws seven shutout innings as Mets beat the Phillies 8-0. (4 votes)
Worst Mets Loss
K-Rod Blown Save Against Nats (6 Votes) – On July 3rd, R.A. Dickey out-dueled Nationals’ phenom Stephen Strasburg, but it all fell apart for the Mets when Frankie Rodriguez loaded the bases on a hit and two walks, and then served up a game-tying two-run double to Adam Dunn. K-Rod called it the worst game of his career… yep it was pretty gut-wrenching for us too.
Honorable Mention: May 2nd, 11-5 loss to the Phillies. Santana’s gives up a career worst 10 runs. (3 votes)
Most Valuable Player
David Wright (12 votes) – This one was a no-doubter as David Wright ended the first half in the top five inmost offensive categories including leading the league in RBIs. He is primed for a big second half.
Honorable Mention: Angel Pagan (3 votes)
Cy Young Winner
Mike Pelfrey (8 votes) – Big Pelf was able to squeak this one out with the three final tallies in his favor. He’s hit a wall lately, but for the first two months of the season he was one of the NL’s best. We’ll need him to regain that form if we expect to sip champagne in October.
Honorable Mention: Johan Santana (6 votes)
Most Memorable Moment
The Mets three game shutout sweep of the Phillies (5 votes) – That was some stretch of pure excellence from our staff… And it came amid worries about Oliver Perez and John Maine being yanked from the rotation. Back to back to back shutouts… yep, that was pretty sweet…
Honorable Mention: Jon Niese One Hitter (3 votes)
Most Surprising Player
R.A. Dickey (9 votes) – When Dickey got called up in a desperate move to try and help a struggling Mets rotation, nobody actually thought it would work. His knuckleball helped make the Mets relevant again in the race for the NL East.
Honorable Mention: Angel Pagan (5 votes)
Most Disappointing Player
Jason Bay (9 Votes) – As Jerry Manuel would say, “no question, no question.” We paid for a Cadillac Escalade, but got a Ford Focus instead. Last year at this time he had 20 longballs and 72 ribbies, we expected a bit of a drop-off, but this was more like a free fall from the Empire State Building.
Honorable Mention: John Maine (4 votes)
Best Defensive Play
Ike Davis (14 Votes) – It doesn’t matter which of his over the rail catch and flips you choose, they were all spectacular, and they were all clutch. He’ll have enough footage to fill his own highlight DVD before the season is over. We really like Ike!
Honorable Mention: Ruben Tejada’s Jeter-esque spin and throw move. (2 Votes)
Agree? Disagree? Let is know who you would have voted for… Up next, we dish out our first half report cards and tell you which Mets made the grade and which ones flunked out. Check back later.
Thanks to Sach, Metszilla’s Vinny & Jason, the Dynamic Duo: Coop and Ed, Yusef, Satish, Mike, Doug, Joe S., Stephen, Michael, Greg, Denise, Sean and Kelly for their participation!