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Koji Uehara is your ALCS MVP

Oct 20, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

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Closer Koji Uehara has been Mr. Dependable for the Red Sox all year long and he’s finally been rewarded for it. Not only does he get to pitch in the World Series, he will go home tonight with some hardware, earning MVP of the ALCS for a sterling effort, notching three saves in as many opportunities and earning a win while striking out nine and walking none in six innings of work.

During the ALDS, Uehara earned two saves and lost one game, allowing one run in three innings of work while striking our four and walking one.

During the regular season, Uehara finished with a 1.09 ERA and some incredible strikeout and walk numbers. His 11.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio was far ahead of second-place Edward Mujica‘s 9.2. His 38.1% strikeout rate ranked third among all relievers, trailing only Aroldis Chapman and Greg Holland. His 3.4% walk rate was also third-best among all relievers, trailing Mujica and Mark Melancon.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    He earned it a million times over. The fact that he admitted he almost threw up on the mound makes him even more accessible.

  2. drelms - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Thanks Koji hope you get the MVP for the World Series as well.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      But you know, one of those weird ones where they give the MVP to the player on the losing team, like Jeffrey Leonard in the 87 NLCS.

  3. nandeezy33 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Uh oh. Eckersly showing no support for Cardinal nation. I expect a tongue lashing

  4. aceshigh11 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    In Koji we trust.

    The man TRULY has legendary stuff…dude’s virtually unhittable. It’s almost becoming comical.

  5. gameover78 - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Kid has a big payday ahead of him, that 4mil is gonna skyrocket

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 20, 2013 at 4:44 AM

      Ha. Kid??

      Believe it or not, he’s 38 years old…three years older than me (and you as well, assuming ’78’ refers to your birth year)…he sure as hell doesn’t look it or pitch like it though.

      He’s had a legendary year. I don’t know if he can repeat it, but for THIS year alone, he’s in my history book.

      • jason9696 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        I thought he was in his mid-20’s. So I’m very surprised to see that he really is 38.

      • yahmule - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Pfft. I was batting leadoff for the Northridge American Little League Sox when he still swimming around in his daddy’s balls.

    • Glenn - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      He’s already locked into the same pay for next year, which kicked in automatically after he reached some appearance or inning number during the season. What a deal for the Sox. Strangely, he’s done this for his career, but always flown under the radar.

  6. deborahagriffin - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    as Lisa explained I am alarmed that some people can make $4548 in 4 weeks on the computer. get more ———————-www.bay96 com

  7. pgilbert2013 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Great personality, but were is the beard?

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