Splitsville: Envelopes, please

Matt Buser
Yahoo! Sports

The 2008 fantasy baseball season is all but over for the vast majority of us, so let's take the time to hand out some hardware and the season's ratio stat leaders from the season that was.

Studs – the top players, period
C: Joe Mauer (.330, 96 R, 9 HR, 79 RBI, 1 SB)
1B: Albert Pujols (.348, 94 R, 34 HR, 106 RBI, 7 SB) season rank 3
2B: Dustin Pedroia (.323, 116 R, 17 HR, 80 RBI, 19 SB) season rank 14
3B: David Wright (.299, 113 R, 33 HR, 120 RBI, 15 SB) season rank 1
SS: Hanley Ramirez (.295, 119 R, 32 HR, 66 RBI, 33 SB) season rank 5
OF: Manny Ramirez (.331, 99 R, 36 HR, 117 RBI, 3 SB) season rank 2
OF: Lance Berkman (.316, 112 R, 28 HR, 102 RBI, 16 SB) season rank 4
OF: Matt Holliday (.323, 104 R, 25 HR, 84 RBI, 27 SB) season rank 7

SP: Cliff Lee (216.1 IP, 2.41 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 162 K, 22 W) season rank 7
SP: Roy Halladay (237.0 IP, 2.81 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 201 K, 19 W) season rank 9
SP: Tim Lincecum (215.2 IP, 2.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 243 K, 17 W) season rank 10
RP: Mariano Rivera (68.1 IP, 1.45 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 74 K, 6 W, 37 SV) season rank 30
RP: Jonathan Papelbon (66.0 IP, 2.05 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 73 K, 5 W, 40 SV) season rank 50
RP: Joakim Soria (66.1 IP, 1.63 WHIP, 0.84 WHIP, 66 K, 2 W, 41 SV) season rank 51

Duds – the most disappointing players
C: Kenji Johjima (.215, 26 R, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 2 SB) season rank 1059, ADP 124.4
1B: Travis Hafner (.203, 21 R, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 1 SB) season rank 1061, ADP 46.1
2B: Robinson Cano (.264, 64 R, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 1 SB) season rank 318, ADP 50.1
3B: Chone Figgins (.275, 69 R, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 32 SB) season rank 299, ADP 42.5
SS: Troy Tulowitzki (.252, 43 R, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 1 SB) season rank 924, ADP 42.2
OF: Carl Crawford (.273, 69 R, 8 HR, 57 RBI, 25 SB) season rank 197, ADP 17.1
OF: Eric Byrnes (.209, 28 R, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 4 SB) season rank 1034, ADP 54.8
OF: Andruw Jones (.158, 21 R, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 0 SB) season rank 1392, ADP 102.7

SP: Justin Verlander (196.0 IP, 4.87 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 155 K, 10 W) season rank 762, ADP 56.8
SP: Aaron Harang (179.1 IP, 4.72 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 151 K, 6 W) season rank 750, ADP 73.6
SP: Fausto Carmona (119.2 IP, 5.19 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 57 K, 8 W) season rank 943, ADP 100.2
RP: J.J. Putz (43.1 IP, 3.74 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 50 K, 6 W, 13 SV) season rank 264, ADP 48.9
RP: Chad Cordero (4.1 IP, 2.08 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 5 K, 0 W, 0 SV) season rank 558, ADP 129.7
RP: Rafael Soriano (14.0 IP, 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 16 K, 0 W, 3 SV) season rank 449, ADP 134.9

All-ADP/Waivers – the biggest returns on investment
C: Ryan Doumit (.326, 69 R, 14 HR, 66 RBI, 2 SB) season rank 144, ADP 208.2
1B: Aubrey Huff (.308, 95 R, 32 HR, 107 RBI, 4 SB) season rank 18, ADP 223.5
2B: Pedroia - season rank 14, ADP 153.8
3B: Jorge Cantu (.278, 90 R, 29 HR, 93 RBI, 6 SB) season rank 56, undrafted
SS: Jhonny Peralta (.272, 101 R, 22 HR, 85 RBI, 3 SB) season rank 85, ADP 184.5
OF: Nate McLouth (.280, 111 R, 26 HR, 94 RBI, 21 SB) season rank 22, undrafted
OF: Ryan Ludwick (.294, 100 R, 34 HR, 103 RBI, 4 SB) season rank 25, undrafted
OF: Carlos Quentin (.287, 96 R, 36 HR, 100 RBI, 7 SB) season rank 27, undrafted

SP: Lee - season rank 7, undrafted
SP: Ervin Santana (213.1 IP, 3.25 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 209 K, 16 W) season rank 31, undrafted
SP: Ricky Nolasco (205.1 IP, 3.55 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 176 K, 15 W) season rank 55, undrafted
RP: Grant Balfour (56.0 IP, 1.45 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 78 K, 6 W, 4 SV) season rank 102, undrafted
RP: Hong-Chih Kuo (80.0 IP, 2.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 96 K, 5 W, 1 SV) season rank 112, undrafted
RP: Brian Fuentes (61.2 IP, 2.77 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 80 K, 1 W, 29 SV) season rank 113, undrafted

Individual awards for people other than Cliff Lee
MVP other than Cliff Lee: Josh Hamilton
Hamilton got off to a ridiculous start and needed just 99 games to drive in his first 100 runs. Whether you carried him all season (season rank of 12) or dealt him away around the time his impact had reached its pinnacle (Aug. 1st-ish), it's hard to overstate Hamilton's impact on fantasy rosters this season.

Cy Young other than Cliff Lee: Tim Lincecum
With some apologies to Roy Halladay, how could I not go with Timmy? He was drafted with reasonable expectations (ADP of 97.4) but delivered in a massive way. He's currently leading the league in strikeouts, is second in ERA, 13th in WHIP and third among pitchers in season rank (10).

Comeback player other than Cliff Lee: Jorge Cantu
Cantu made his first serious splash since his breakout 2005 season, setting career highs in runs and home runs and providing solid power production across the board, with multiple eligibilities to boot.

Most Improved other than Cliff Lee: Ervin Santana
Santana finally figured things out, just in time for roughly everyone to have given up on him. Go figure: he was more effective on the road (11 W, 3.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9.3 K/9) than at home this season (5 W, 3.53 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 8.3 K/9).

ROY: Geovany Soto
Soto can't boast the season rank of Jacoby Ellsbury (136 to Ellsbury's 74), but he more than makes up for it with his impact at his position, as he finished third overall among catchers. Soto finished first in home runs (23), second in runs batted in (86), and fourth in runs (66) among his positional peers. He gets the nod in a race that also included Ellsbury, Evan Longoria, Armando Galarraga and Alexei Ramirez. (Note: Cliff Lee was not a rookie and thus not eligible to not win this award).

Ratio category leaders (as of 9/23)
Batting average (top 10 positive)
1. Chipper Jones (.364, 437 AB)
2. Albert Pujols (.348, 509 AB)
3. Dustin Pedroia (.323, 638 AB)
4. Manny Ramirez (.331, 538 AB)
5. Joe Mauer (.330, 509 AB)
6. Ichiro Suzuki (.313, 658 AB)
7. Matt Holliday (.323, 530 AB)
8. Magglio Ordonez (.321, 535 AB)
9. Ian Kinsler (.319, 518 AB)
10. Lance Berkman (.316, 535 AB)

Batting average (top 10 negative)
1. Andrew Jones (.158, 209 AB)
2. Tony Pena Jr. (.162, 216 AB)
3. Nick Swisher (.221, 489 AB)
4. Daric Barton (.215, 428 AB)
5. Corey Patterson (.203, 345 AB)
6. Jeff Mathis (.189, 280 AB)
7. Jack Hannahan (.218, 436 AB)
8. Khalil Greene (.213, 389 AB)
9. Andy LaRoche (.168, 202 AB)
10. Jason Varitek (.221, 416 AB)

Earned-run average (top 10 positive)
1. Cliff Lee (2.41, 216.1 IP)
2. Tim Lincecum (2.46, 215.2 IP)
3. Rich Harden (2.03 ERA, 142.0 IP)
4. Johan Santana (2.65 ERA, 217.1 IP)
5. Roy Halladay (2.81 ERA, 237.0 IP)
6. Brad Ziegler (0.80 ERA, 56.0 IP)
7. CC Sabathia (2.85 ERA, 237.0 IP)
8. Mariano Rivera (1.49 ERA, 66.1 IP)
9. Justin Duchscherer (2.54 ERA, 141.2 IP)
10. Joe Nathan (1.42 ERA, 63.1 IP)

Earned-run average (top 10 negative)
1. Livan Hernandez (6.04 EA, 173.0 IP)
2. Carlos Silva (6.46 ERA, 153.1 IP)
3. Brian Bannister (5.96 ERA, 176.2 IP)
4. Nate Robertson (6.15 ERA, 164.0 IP)
5. Garrett Olson (6.75 ERA, 126.2 IP)
6. Luis Mendoza (8.66 ERA, 62.1 IP)
7. Brandon Backe (5.66 ERA, 165.1 IP)
8. Brian Burres (5.98 ERA, 128.0 IP)
9. Tom Gorzellany (6.67 EA, 105.1 IP)
10. Ian Snell (5.54 ERA, 159.1 IP)

WHIP (top 10 positive)
1. Roy Halladay (1.06 WHIP, 237.0 IP)
2. Mariano Rivera (0.69 WHIP, 68.1 IP)
3. Cole Hamels (1.08 WHIP, 220.1 IP)
4. Justin Duchscherer (1.00 WHIP, 141.2 IP)
5. Cliff Lee (1.09 WHIP, 216.1 IP)
6. Joakim Soria (0.84 WHIP, 66.1 IP)
7. Carlos Marmol (0.94 WHIP, 86.0 IP)
8. Rich Harden (1.06 WHIP, 142.0 IP)
9. Ervin Santana (1.10 WHIP, 213.1 IP)
10. Ricky Nolasco (1.12 WHIP, 205.1 IP)

WHIP (top 10 negative)
1. Ian Snell (1.81 WHIP, 159.1 IP)
2. Livan Hernandez (1.65 WHIP, 173.0 IP)
3. Miguel Batista (1.86 WHIP, 115.0 IP)
4. Kenny Rogers (1.63 WHIP, 173.1 IP)
5. Daniel Cabrera (1.61 WHIP, 180.0 IP)
6. Nate Robertson (1.64 WHIP, 164.0 IP)
7. Brandon Backe (1.63 WHIP, 165.1 IP)
8. Barry Zito (1.62 WHIP, 172.0 IP)
9. Garrett Olson (1.74 WHIP, 126.2 IP)
10. Kyle Kendrick (1.63 WHIP, 151.2 IP)