A Blue Jays off day is the perfect time to examine J.P. Arencibia’s shot at winning Toronto’s third Rookie of the Year trophy.
Looking at the stats it’s hard to argue this is anymore than a three horse race.
L.A. Angels’ Mark Trumbo: .256, 27, 82
Toronto’s Arencibia: .219, 23, 76
K.C.’s Eric Hosmer: .286, 17, 70
Conventional wisdom says that Trumbo has the inside track. Not only is he leading in homers and RBI, but he’s doing so in the middle of a pennant race. Toronto and K.C. have been out of it since July.
The only hope Arencibia has is the fact that he plays the most difficult position. Working with a very inexperienced pitching staff, he’s managed to keep the Jays around the .500 mark while playing in the AL East. On the negative side, Toronto’s team ERA is 4.37 which is 25th in MLB.
For the record, J.P.’s production numbers are better than Buster Posey’s 2010 numbers of .305, 18, 67. Posey was also a huge part of a World Series championship team with a great pitching staff.
All this being said it’s going to take a ridiculous final two weeks by Arencibia and the Angels missing the playoffs for him to leapfrog Trumbo. Still, what a great debut none the less.
Rays winning: Tampa couldn’t solve the Orioles but fortunately for them they have no problems with the Red Sox. Assuming they can hold onto their 9-1 win, they’ll move to just three games back. Time is running out but they are determined to make this thing interesting.