After appearing in five games between 2007-2009, Carpenter returned to the mound in 2006 form, going 17-4 in 28 starts. Having Carpenter back in the rotation gave the Cards a huge advantage in the NL Central, especially with Adam Wainwright putting up career numbers.
|2009 - Chris Carpenter||17-4||28||28||3||1||0||0||192.2||156||49||48||7||38||144||2.24||1.01|
Hill showed tremendous potential coming into the 2008 season, but a Grade II concussion ended his season early. He came back strong in 2009 to hit a career high 36 home runs while putting up career highs in slugging and OPS.
|2009 - Aaron Hill||158||682||103||195||37||0||36||108||42||98||6||2||.286||.330||.499|
While the Blue Jays were a disappointment this season, having Hill, Adam Lind, and young prospects Travis Snider and J.P. Arenciba in the fold could make the Jays very dangerous down the road. Imagine if they trade Halladay for a mix of young pitchers and bats, too.
Hill and Carpenter are both deserving of this award. Can you think of anyone who also deserves some recognition for the 2009 season?