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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:46 pm 
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Since it is the All-Star break now, I thought I would start a thread on who we all think should win the big MLB Awards as of right now. This is who we think should win the awards if the season ended right now, not who we think should win by the end of the year.

American League

Most Valuable Player

Winner: Mike Trout (LAA) - .310 AVG, 22 HR, 73 RBI, 10 SB, 1.005 OPS, 5.5 WAR

Next 5 (in no particular order)
- Jose Abreu (CWS) - .292 AVG, 29 HR, 73 RBI, .972 OPS, 2.8 WAR
- Victor Martinez (DET) - .328 AVG, 21 HR, 55 RBI, .991 OPS, 2.7 WAR
- Miguel Cabrera (DET) - .306 AVG, 14 HR, 75 RBI, .898 OPS, 2.9 WAR
- Nelson Cruz (BAL) - .287 AVG, 28 HR, 74 RBI, .923 OPS, 2.9 WAR
- Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) - .277 AVG, 26 HR, 70 RBI, .959 OPS, 3.1 WAR

Cy Young

Winner: Felix Hernandez (SEA) - 11-2, 2.12 ERA, 144.1 IP, 154 SO, 0.90 WHIP, 4.4 WAR

Next 5 (in no particular order)
- Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) - 12-4, 2.51 ERA, 129.1 IP, 135 SO, 1.01 WHIP, 4.1 WAR
- Scott Kazmir (OAK) - 11-3, 2.38 ERA, 117.1 IP, 108 SO, 0.98 WHIP, 3.0 WAR
- Garrett Richards (LAA) - 11-2, 2.55 ERA, 123.1 IP, 127 SO, 1.06 WHIP, 3.5 WAR
- Chris Sale (CWS) - 8-1, 2.08 ERA, 95.0 IP, 102 SO, 0.84 WHIP, 4.0 WAR
- Jon Lester (BOS) - 9-7, 2.65 ERA, 129.0 IP, 134 SO, 1.14 WHIP, 2.5 WAR

Rookie of the Year

Winner: Jose Abreu (CWS) - .292 AVG, 29 HR, 73 RBI, .972 OPS, 2.8 WAR
Runner-Up: Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) - 12-4, 2.51 ERA, 129.1 IP, 135 SO, 1.01 WHIP, 4.1 WAR


National League

Most Valuable Player

Winner: Andrew McCutchen (PIT) - .324 AVG, 17 HR, 61 RBI, 15 SB, .995 OPS, 4.7 WAR

Next 5 (in no particular order)
- Troy Tulowitzki (COL) - .345 AVG, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 1.048 OPS, 5.7 WAR
- Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) - .308 AVG, 16 HR, 61 RBI, .949 OPS, 4.2 WAR
- Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) - .315 AVG, 9 HR, 44 RBI, .879 OPS, 4.1 WAR
- Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) - .295 AVG, 21 HR, 63 RBI, .933 OPS, 4.7 WAR
- Carlos Gomez (MIL) - .304 AVG, 14 HR, 48 RBI, 17 SB, .880 OPS, 3.7 WAR

Cy Young

Winner: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) - 11-2, 1.78 ERA, 96.1 IP, 126 SO, 0.83 WHIP, 4.2 WAR

Next 5 (in no particular order)
- Adam Wainwright (STL) - 12-4, 1.83 ERA, 138.0 IP, 115 SO, 0.91 WHIP, 5.0 WAR
- Johnny Cueto (CIN) - 10-6, 2.13 ERA, 143.2 IP, 141 SO, 0.89 WHIP, 3.6 WAR
- Zack Grienke (LAD) - 11-5, 2.73 ERA, 118.2 IP, 127 SO, 1.17 WHIP, 3.0 WAR
- Julio Teheran (ATL) - 9-6, 2.71 ERA, 136.1 IP, 116 SO, 1.04 WHIP, 3.1 WAR
- Josh Beckett (LAD) - 6-5, 2.26 ERA, 103.2 IP, 95 SO, 1.03 WHIP, 2.9 WAR

Rookie of the Year

Winner: Billy Hamilton (CIN) - .285 AVG, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 38 SB, .743 OPS, 2.6 WAR
Runner-Up: Jacob deGrom (NYM) 3-5, 3.18 ERA, 73.2 IP, 72 SO, 1.33 WHIP, 1.2 WAR

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 Post subject: Re: MLB Awards
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:10 pm 
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The AL is looking to be more interesting than the NL. More legit candidates on playoff caliber teams in the DH league.

Trout or Miggy should take the MVP again, unless Cruz somehow maintains his crazy pace and propels the O's into the playoffs. My gut says Trout if the Halos make the playoffs. That division is tough and getting Anaheim into the playoffs for the first time in four years should buy Trout some extra cred. Since Abreu will take the RoY and is playing for a bottom team, he's probably a long shot candidate (which is unfortunate).

It also sucks that Tanaka got injured and may be done for the year (all reports are that his injury requires surgery, sooner or later). He had the inside track to both the CY and RoY (while it would have been a fierce battle with Abreu, the NY connect clearly gives him the edge..., plus the Yanks rotation was a disaster otherwise).

So long as Felix maintains then the CY is his. Voters do tend to favor more SABR stats when it comes to CY, but someone like Sale is going to have to keep up a torrid pace to be steal enough votes.

The NL should be Cutch, Kershaw and Hamilton.

The Brewers are fading already and their best players should cannibalize votes anyways. Goldy, Tulo and Stanton are all legit candidates, but playing on the West Coast/bad teams saps their credibility and/or viewership.

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 Post subject: Re: MLB Awards
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:03 am 
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Pretty good list. I don't think there's a runner up NL RoY. Hamilton's got that all sewn up. May even be unanimous.

Me personally, I'm hoping both King Felix and Kershaw continue their torrid pace. I'd love to see both win the MVPs, just because I love to see the guys in they've-already-got-the-Cy-Young camp so froth in the mouth when pitchers luck into MVP conversation.


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 Post subject: Re: MLB Awards
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:27 am 
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From what I saw at the All-Star game, aren't we supposed to give avery award to Jeter since it is his last year?

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