Dale Sveum’s First Half MVPs: Shawn Camp and James Russell

NEW YORK — Who's your first half Most Valuable Player for the Cubs? Manager Dale Sveum picked relievers Shawn Camp and James Russell.

Camp was 2-4 with a 2.86 ERA and one save, while Russell was 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA entering Sunday. Russell had a 2.30 ERA in 101 games since the start of 2011, the second-lowest mark by a National League left-hander.

"Those guys have been phenomenal in the first half," Sveum said. "Without those two guys, we would've been in a lot of trouble. The combination of both of them has been tremendous. They've been consistent all season long. To have the numbers they have, and handle a position they've been put in [that they aren’t used to] speaks volumes for what they've done for this team this year." — cubs.com

Both players have been worth .3 fWAR while Russell has been worth .6 rWAR and Camp has been worth .7 rWAR. They've each had good seasons, but it annoys me when a manager picks a reliever as the team's MVP. I know the Cubs suck, but it's not the least bit true that one of these two is the team's MVP. The two of them combined are not the MVP either. 

I'm not sure what team Sveum is watching, but WITH those two guys in they're in a lot of trouble. With everyone on their roster they're in a lot of trouble. 

Here are the players on the Cubs who have a higher fWAR this season: Alfonso Soriano (2.1), Starlin Castro (1.9), Ryan Dempster (1.9), Jeff Samardzija (1.8),  Bryan LaHair (1.2), Darwin Barney (1.2), Matt Garza (.9), Paul Maholm (.7), Anthony Rizzo (.7), Reed Johnson (.5), Tony Campana (.5), David DeJesus (.4).

And here are the guys who have a higher rWAR: Darwin Barney (3.6), Starlin Castro (2.8), Ryan Dempster (2.3), Travis Wood (1.2), Anthony Rizzo (.9), Alfonso Soriano (.9), Tony Campana (.8), Bryan LaHair (.8).

I don't think there's much doubt that the MVPs of this team have been Starlin Castro and Ryan Dempster.