taveras hasn't been spectatcular... he's sporting an OPS of .672 and an OBP of .328. i mean, he's really been mediocre, and i'd much rather give the ROY to someone who has been outstanding for even a short duration like howard or francour than someone who has shown consistant mediocrity the whole year. 34 SB justify that, even if he has been a very nice pickup for fantasy.
yeah... i think taveras would be my 4th choice out of these four guys rather than the first.
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howard is making a case for it with his play the last few weeks... even though he will not have 100 games played, i am starting to think that he should be the winner of the award even though if franceour won, i would have no problem with that, as he made a huge impact on the braves team this summer....
As much as a Francoeur fan as I am, I have to lean towards Howard as Francoeur has cooled off a bit. Regardless of playing time, 20+ HR's and a .350+ OBP is pretty remarkable. Plus he's been a huge part in the Phillies surge towards the playoffs. Atkins is too much of a product of Coors Field to even deserve consideration for me. A sub-.300 OBP and a BA in the .220's away from Coors should disqualify him.
Dukes has been good too, but I just couldn't give it to a guy who's only appeared in 12 games, even if that is the nature of being a SP.
I think Howard should win it as well, Franceour hasn't been playing too well this whole month and if he is going to be nominated for ROY by only playing 2 months, I would think he should be producing big numbers most of the time, he hasn't done that for a while now.
Howard has been putting up good numbers consistently for almost 3 months now. If he played a full season he could of had over 100 RBI's and 40 HR's, although that could totally change because its harder to keep up a consistent pace the whole season, but still Howard has stood out way more than the other rookies IMO. Plus helping his team possibly winning the Wild Card would be a big boost for him in the ROY running as well.