The All Star Break is upon us. All teams have played more than 90 games, so I know it’s not really the halfway point in the season. But I asked some of the writers around here to weigh in on who they thought were deserving of awards for their work thus far this season.
|AL ROY||Leonys Martin||Leonys Martin||Leonys Martin||Jose Iglesias|
|AL Cy Young||Max Scherzer||Max Scherzer||Felix Hernandez||Max Scherzer|
|AL MVP||Chris Davis||Miguel Cabrera||Chris Davis||Miguel Cabrera|
|2nd Half AL Sleeper||Colby Rasmus||Mike Moustakas||Alex Gordon||Will Middlebrooks|
|NL ROY||Shelby Miller||Yasiel Puig||Yasiel Puig||Shelby Miller|
|NL Cy Young||Clayton Kershaw||Matt Harvey||Adam Wainwright||Matt Harvey|
|NL MVP||Paul Goldschmidt||Carlos Gomez||Carlos Gonzalez||Carlos Gonzalez|
|2nd Half NL Sleeper||Matt Adams||Norichika Aoki||Eric Young Jr.||Starlin Castro|
Not surprisingly there were no unanimous decisions. The most clear cut races were in the American League. Both Rookie of the Year and Cy Young were 3-1 votes. Leonys Martin won the honors for the Rookie award after posting a .283/.336/.422 slash line in the first half. He also added 19 steals and 5 home runs to your totals. Max Scherzer got most of the love in the AL Cy Young race, but I took a different tack. And not just because I’m a Seattleite. Felix has better pitching numbers across the board. He only trails him in HR/FB and K/9. In terms of run prevention, I’ll take Felix every time. And it’s not like Felix is a chump when it comes to missing bats. Scherzer is 2nd in the AL in K/9 while Felix is 5th.
The NL Rookie award caused me a lot of stress… well, as much stress as making a mid-season NL Rookie of the Year award can stress a guy out. I am a huge Shelby Miller fan, but his performance dip of late (only 1 quality start in his last 4 starts) is a bit of a cause for concern for me. And Puig has been one hell of a story.