Time to give the Chippy Awards for the month of June. These were almost all tough calls.
Starting Pitcher of the Month. Gerrit Cole. The biggest reason for giving this to Cole over Lance McCullers or Charlie Morton was 9 more innings pitched – but all three could be deserving. His 4-1 record, 3.41 ERA, 1.108 WHIP were all solid and his .179 BAA/ .275 OBPA/.619 OPSA are very strong too.
Runners-up. Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton. LMJ was very good with a 2-0 record, 2.81 ERA, 1.125 WHIP and a .214 BAA/.285 OBPA/.652 OPSA. Morton was also very good – with a 3-1 record, 3.21 ERA, 1.321 WHIP (due to increased walks and HBPs) and a .198/.344/.671 slash against. If you picked any of these three there would not be much argument here.
In May – It was Justin Verlander followed by Gerrit Cole.
Everyday Player of the Month. Alex Bregman. Bregman was second to Evan Gattis heading into the last ten days of the month and then surpassed him with a power show. He batted a solid .306 BA/.372 OBP/1.085 OPS slash, but he made it all count with 24 runs scored, 9 doubles, 11 HRs and tying Gattis with a club record 30 RBIs in the month of June.
Runner-up. Evan Gattis. Gattis was key to the 12 game winning streak as he was an RBI machine including 5 RBIs in back to back games. For the month he slashed .265/.302/.863 with 13 runs scored, 5 doubles, 8 HRs and 30 RBIs.
In May – It was Evan Gattis with Max Stassi as the runner-up.
Relief Pitcher of the Month. Chris Devenski. He was 1-0 and his ERA for June was a perfect 0.00 with a 0.500 WHIP and 12 Ks against only one walk in 12 innings. Hitters had a micoscopic .132 BA/.175 OBP/.333 OPS against Devo.
Runner-up. Collin McHugh. Brad Peacock (0.68 ERA), Hector Rondon (0.93 ERA and 5 saves) and Tony Sipp (0.96 ERA) all were excellent in June, but McHugh was just a little better. He had a 2-0 record, with a 0.79 ERA, 0.618 WHIP and a huge 14.3 K/ 9 IPs and was lights out most games.
In May – This award belonged to Collin McHugh with Joe Smith as the runner-up.
Biggest Surprise (Positive). Tony Sipp. He suddenly looked a lot more like the Sipp of 2014 and 2015 with his 0.96 ERA and 0.750 WHIP and giving up a slash of 0.148 BA/0.250 OBP/ .435 OPS.
Runner-up. Jake Marisnick. After two months of awful, Jake was good in June with a .286/.400/.948 slash, 10 runs scored, 3 HRs and 7 RBIs.
In May – It was Tony Kemp backed up by Joe Smith.
Biggest Surprise (Negative). George Springer. Even though he scored 18 runs, it is hard to get past his .190 BA for the month.
Runner-up. Dallas Keuchel. After some ups and downs early in the season, June was mostly down for DK. He was 1-1 with a very poor 5.72 ERA and high 1.624 WHIP.
The most ineffective award. Josh Reddick. His overall numbers look good at .333 BA and .357 OBP, but he had 0 HRs and 3 RBIs on the month.
The May was not a fluke award. Tony Kemp. The mighty might turned into the home run hitter hugger during the month, but also had a solid slash of .327 BA/.383 OBP/ .783 OPS
The so good he gets ignored sometimes award. Jose Altuve. His .354/.461/.982 slash was terrific. Oh and he scored 22 runs, hit 7 doubles and 3 HRs and had 12 RBIs.
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