St. Louis Cardinals: Academy Awards
Award for Best Picture OR Award for Best Pitcher
I’m sure there were readers offended when no pitchers were listed in the previous slide as eligible for MVP awards. Please take a deep breath; I do feel that the 2016 pitching staff has many eligible candidates for MVP status in 2016 but I held them out for this category.
The 2016 nominees are…
Adam Wainwright- RHP
Carlos Martinez- RHP
Mike Leake– RHP
Jamie Garcia– LHP
Wow, what a list, right? Every opposing team should take immediate pause when thinking of facing any of these listed here. Having said that, Wainwright and Martinez and Garcia each must wrestle their demons with injury. Should the avoid the disabled list then any of these three could post MVP numbers.
This isn’t meant to discount Leake who has been a faithful pitcher and who will immediately take the place of the absent John Lackey. Many writers have already noted that Leake is almost exactly the work horse pitcher that is Lackey just in a much younger body. Yet again, another great pick up by Mozeliak.
In looking at these names, I feel that 2016 will be a continuation of the amazing pitching performance that was witnessed by Jaime Garcia in 2015 with one massive change: I feel that the 2016 squad will provide him run support that he failed to receive in 2015. This said, Jaime is the winner of best pitcher in 2016.