Least Valuable Position Player
Rupp is off to a horrid start. The 28-year-old backstop hit just .083 on the week recording just one hit.
I’d normally say Rupp should be concerned with Jorge Alfaro putting pressure on him from the minors but, at this point, he may need to be more concerned with Andrew Knapp playing himself into the starter’s role in the future.
This is Rupp’s first LVPP award this season.
Least Valuable Pitcher
This one just didn’t work out for Matt Klentak. Buchholz was supposed to be a bounce-back candidate this season but has not and likely will not live up to the expectation.
Buchholz gave up eight hits, and six earned runs over 2.1 innings pitched. To add injury to insult, Buchholz suffered a partial right forearm tear in his last start likely ending his season.
It seems like the Clay Buchholz is over after just two starts.
This is Buchholz’ first LVP award this season.