Rays First Half Survey – The Results

Here are the results of the survey. Thanks to all of you who participated! For fun, I am putting the current Wins Above Replacement (WAR) value for each plater next to the results of each question. I would love to hear your comments regarding these results. I will put up my thoughts on Thursday.

Who is the Rays’ first half MVP?

  1. Carl Crawford – 61% (4.8 WAR)
  2. Tie (several player combinations) – 15%
  3. David Price – 10% (2.4 WAR)
  4. Rafael Soriano – 10% (0.9 WAR)
  5. Evan Longoria – 5% (3.7 WAR)

Who is the Rays’ first half LVP?

  1. B.J. Upton – 18% (1.3 WAR)
  2. Gabe Kapler – 15% (-0.2 WAR)
  3. Jason Bartlett – 13% (0.0 WAR)
  4. Dioner Navarro – 13% (0.1 WAR)
  5. Pat Burrell – 12% (-0.3 WAR)
  6. Tie – 8%
  7. Carlos Pena – 5% (0.6 WAR)
  8. Willy Aybar – 3% (0.0 WAR)
  9. Lance Cormier – 3% (-0.1 WAR)
  10. James Shields – 3% (1.6 WAR)
  11. Joe Maddon – 1%
  12. Dan Wheeler – 1% (0.4 WAR)
  13. Reid Brignac – 1% (0.8 WAR)
  14. Hank Blalock 1% (-0.1 WAR)

Who has been the biggest surprise so far?

  1. John Jaso – 46%
  2. Sean Rodriguez – 20%
  3. Joaquin Benoit – 15%
  4. Jeff Niemann – 8%
  5. David Price – 7%
  6. Tie – 3%
  7. Reid Brignac – 2%

Who has been the biggest disappointment so far?

  1. B.J. Upton – 34%
  2. Carlos Pena – 25%
  3. James Shields – 12%
  4. Pat Burrell – 8%
  5. Jason Bartlett – 8%
  6. Wade Davis – 5%
  7. Tie – 5%
  8. Matt Garza – 2%
  9. Kelly Shoppach – 2%

Who has been the best starting pitcher?

  1. David Price – 95%
  2. Jeff Niemann – 5%

Who has been the best reliever?

  1. Joaquin Benoit – 51%
  2. Rafael Soriano – 44%
  3. Andy Sonnanstine – 3%
  4. Dan Wheeler – 2%

One word to describe B.J. Upton

  1. Lazy – 8%
  2. Potential – 8%
  3. Underachiever – 7%
  4. Frustrating – 5%
  5. Immature – 3%
  6. Tradebait – 3%
  7. Untapped – 3%
  8. Other:
    • Smooth
    • Perplexing
    • Tease
    • Awesome
    • Confusing
    • Headcase
    • Nonchalant
    • Inconsistent
    • Sign
    • Lollygagger
    • Stallion
    • Done
    • Misunderstood
    • Excuses
    • Stud
    • Annoying
    • Athletic
    • Defense
    • Black

Who gets called up first?

  1. Jeremy Hellickson – 72%
  2. Desmond Jennings – 21%
  3. Same time – 7%

Would you trade Wade Davis for a bat?

  1. Yes – 58%
  2. No – 26%
  3. Depends – 16%

Would you trade Jeremy Hellickson for a bat?

  1. 90% – No (several hell no’s!)
  2. 10% – Yes

Who should be playing most of the games at shortstop?

  1. Reid Brignac – 49%
  2. Jason Bartlett – 46%
  3. Sean Rodriguez – 5%

Grade Joe Maddon on a 1 to 10 scale.

  1. 8/10 – 44%
  2. 9/10 – 30%
  3. 10/10 – 8%
  4. 6/10 – 7%
  5. 7/10 – 7%
  6. Less than 6/10 – 5%
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4 Responses to Rays First Half Survey – The Results

  1. ramedy says:

    Considering the vast amount of words used to describe Upton, it’s perfectly fitting that “lazy” and “potential” are tied at the top.

    You should be proud that your readers have more sense than the St Pete Times when it comes to team MVP. Crawford is probably at worst 4th in AL MVP race.

    90% of people say Hellickson shouldn’t be traded for a bat, while the top 6 LVPs are hitters. The pressure is on.

  2. Right in line with what I’ll have up later tonight 🙂

  3. Hatfield says:

    Surprised Benoit didn’t run away with Surprise Player of the Year here..

  4. So was I, Hatfield. I think Jaso is living heavily off his first few weeks because he has been rather ordinary since while Benoit came out of nowhere for a lot of people who had not followed his career more closely.

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