With the midway point of the season upon us, it's time to give away some fictional hardware. The awards for Colorado Rockies pitching are as follows:
Cy Young: Jorge De La Rosa — With a record of 7-6, an ERA of 4.78, a WHIP of 1.346, and a 63/37 k/bb in 84 2/3 innings, the numbers won't blow you away, but Jorge has been the ace of the staff. With injuries and the massive struggles of others in the rotation, De La Rosa is the only guy still throwing right now that gives the Rockies a chance to win every time he takes the mound. This would most likely be different if guys, Jordan Lyles in particular, were still healthy.
Best Reliever: LaTroy Hawkins — This was a razor-thin decision between the ageless wonder Hawkins and Rule 5 guy Tommy Kahnle. When you look at the numbers, there is nothing in it. Both have a similar ERA, WHIP, and strikeout to walk ratio. Hawkins takes it simply because he's in his 20th year and putting up fantastic numbers. A lifetime achievement acknowledgement if you will.
Biggest Surprise: Tommy Kahnle — From Rule 5 selectee to the most trusted guy in the Rockies 'pen, Kahnle has been one of the best pitchers on the team. Kahnle never even sniffed the Majors before this season, but now – barring injury - it looks like Kahnle won't be anywhere near the minors again.
Biggest Disappointment: Rex Brothers — Sadly, there is a whole list of guys fighting for this less-than-flattering accomplishment. Franklin Morales and Juan Nicasio in particular have truly atrocious numbers, but they're not guys fans should have been expecting much from to begin with. Brothers is a different story, though. He was the guy who was supposed to unseat Hawkins as closer and assume that role for the foreseeable future. Halfway through the season and Brothers clearly isn't that guy. His dubious control has hurt him, and the team, too many times to count. Rex deserves this one.
Best Call-up: Eddie Butler — Sure, he's only made one start. A mediocre start at that. But the excitement his call-up brought to the team, the ballpark and the city shouldn't be overlooked. Butlermania was great for everyone involved, and if not for yet another injury to a Rockies player, it's certain he would've kept that buzz alive.
Check back tomorrow for the midseason awards for position players.
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