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Recognition for September

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Hitter of the Month: Brian McCann McCann went .318/362/693/1.055 with 8 homers, 9 doubles, 6 walks, and 27 RBIs this past month. Honorable Mention: Andruw Jones, Willy Aybar, Chipper Jones Pitcher of the Month: Chuck James James went 4-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 38.1 innings. He had a WHIP rate of 1.15 and a K/9 rate of 7.51. Honorable Mention: John Smoltz, Oscar Villarreal, Bob Wickman Now for some season awards: Braves Hitter of the Year: Chipper Jones Chipper had his best year since 2003, hitting .324/409/596/1.005 with 26 homers. If he could have played in more than 110 games it would have been good. Braves MVP: Brian McCann McCann was probably the most consistent offensive threat for the Braves all year. He never really went into a prolonged slump and would have been among the batting leaders if he had qualified. McCann is establishing a good defensive reputation too. He is easily the best catcher in the National League and rivals the more heralded Joe Mauer for the top catcher in the game. Braves pitcher of the Year: John Smoltz Smoltz was one of the top pitchers in the league this year, going 16-9 with a 3.49 ERA in 232 innings. His WHIP ratio was a cool 1.19 and his strikeout rate was an outstanding 8.19. Smoltz would have won the strikeout title had Aaron Harang and Jake Peavy not passed him on the final day. He also would have been in Cy Young contention if not for a couple of bad starts that inflated his ERA a bit, and some blown bullpen leads that cost him a shot at 20 wins. Braves Rookie of the Year: Chuck James James was really the only rookie that stood out this year after last year's heralded class depleted the upper minors. But James had a fine rookie season, going 11-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 119 innings. He has good WHIP and K/9 rates, although not quite as outstanding as his minor league totals. After a dominating stretch through the last 2 months, does Chuck have the potential to have those ace-like stats, or will he continue to give up a lot of homers? The walk rate could improve a bit as well. But he is already the Braves #2 starter, and the Braves will be counting on him for a solid campaign next year. More tidbits to come in the next couple days.
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