For some reason Cards Diaspora still hasn't been kicked out of the UCB (United Cardinal Bloggers), so while we're still in kind of good standing, we're going to take a crack at the postseason awards ballot.
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Player of the Year:
Yadi. No brainer.
Pitcher of the Year:
Kyle Lohse. You know, there was a point in time where Kyle's 4 year/ 44M contract was the worst contract in the history of the Cardinals. He was 10-18 from 2009 through 2010 with a 5.65 ERA and body language that made Sad Keanu look like a Glee extra. 2 years later and the Cardinals can't afford him. Go figure.
Game of the Year:
7/16 vs Brewers. Down 2-0 on the road in the top of the 9th, the Cardinals were in one of their patented dry streaks. The Brewers were playing with fire, loading the bases and getting 2 outs before Matt Holliday stepped in and hit a bases loaded single to tie the game. Allen Craig completed the comeback with a single. A beautiful, unexpected win that, in retrospect, really put the Brewers out of contention in the NL Central.
Performance of the Year:
Carlos Beltran. 4-5 2 HR/7RBIs 05/02/12 vs The Pirates. A flawless game from a suspiring season.
Surprise Player of the Year:
Carlos Beltran. We thought we'd forget about Albert Pujols by the time his contract with the Angels ended. Carlos made him a distant memory by May. Pete Kozma's late season run was surprising. But in totality, Beltran was the free agent gift that kept on giving.
Disappointing Player of the Year:
Lance Berkman. 90% of people that walk into a casino are up at one point. 80% of those 90% give their winnings back plus some.
Rookie of the Year:
Joe Kelly. Dude was a spot starter. A fireman out of the pen. And pretty damn reliable for a rookie.
Acquisition of the Year:
Most Anticipated Cardinal:
Oscar Taveras. Even got a shout out in the Grantland Annual Trade Value Ranker. When Jonah Keri is on your bandwagon...
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That's it. That's the poll. Hope you didn't read all the way through to this point. Because if you did, then you need a hobby. Or some ADD.