2013 MLB Mid Season Awards

by Bill M on July 11, 2013 · 0 comments

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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

AL MVP PLAYER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Prince Fielder DET
MID-SEASON PICK Chris Davis BAL

 

Chris Davis is quite simply having a season for the ages, and he’s by far the largest factor keeping his team in the playoff hunt.  Miggy Cabrera is having a similar season stat-wise and his team is also in the playoffs right now, but that was predictable.  Davis taking the league by storm has been the real story.  My guy Prince Fielder is having a very average season, which is to say a well below average season for himself and his position.

NL MVP PLAYER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Joey Votto CIN
MID-SEASON PICK Yadier Molina STL

 

Nobody is having an obvious MVP turn in the NL.  I picked Yadier Molina because not only is he challenging for the batting title as one of the only truly everyday catchers, but he’s controlling that pitching staff with aplomb despite a revolving door at #4/#5 in the rotation and in the bullpen.  Another truly deserving player has been Carlos Gonzalez.  CarGo has carried the team even through losing their great shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, and MVP candidate in his own right until the injury.  My choice Joey Votto has had an excellent first half, but his team is not having quite the success predicted, so he falls short.  A wild card for the 2nd half is Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates.  After an abysmal April, he’s carried the team.  He’s known for being a streaky player, but if he’s finally realizing his ceiling, the Pirates will stay in the playoffs and he will be an MVP candidate.

AL CY YOUNG PLAYER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Justin Verlander DET
MID-SEASON PICK Max Scherzer DET

 

Well, I said originally that Verlander would hold off his teammate Scherzer, but that hasn’t been the case.  Scherzer leads the majors in wins, but backs it up with excellent peripherals.  He has been the best pitcher in the league in the first half, and I had him 2nd in my predictions…not too shabby.  The Mariners top 2 are next in line.

NL CY YOUNG PLAYER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Stephen Strasburg WAS
MID-SEASON PICK Matt Harvey NYM

 

This was a much tougher call than the AL because there are 4-5 excellent choices.  Matt Harvey has been the guy everyone is talking about.  He’s been everything you want and only suffers in wins because his team has little offensive production.  Strasburg has been good, but he’s missed time and he’s been let down by his bullpen.  He’s been outpaced by his teammate Jordan Zimmermann and the Cardinals Adam Wainwright.  Another pitcher who’s having a vintage season in stats but has suffered from poor support is Clayton Kershaw.  As 2nd half run by the Dodgers could thrust him to the top in the end.

Rookie of the Year

AL ROY PLAYER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Wil Meyers TB
MID-SEASON PICK Osawldo Arcia MIN

 

The AL crop of rookies is not very impressive this year, but somebody’s going to have to win the award.  Arcia struggled at the beginning of the year but has been excellent since his brief stint back in AAA. Myers has only been up for about a month and still could put it together by the end.  Don’t sleep on the Mariner’s Mike Zunino in the second half either.

NL ROY PLAYER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Jose Fernandez MIA
MID-SEASON PICK Jose Fernandez MIA

 

While the AL has had few shining stars in the rookie ranks, the NL has an abundance of them.  I am probably in the minority sticking with Fernandez as the ROY, but I truly think he’s the best player of all of them.  He’s having his innings watched carefully and will be shut down early, so he probably has no chance at the award, but again, he’s the best player.  Others that have been tremendous are Shelby Miller of STL, Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers, and of course, how can you have this discussion without mentioning Yasiel Puig.  Puig Mania has been the story of the last month in baseball, and if he’s able to keep up even 75% of the pace, he’s going to be impossible to ignore for ROY.  Others that in normal years might have a chance but probably have none this year are Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, and Jedd Gyorko…and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few.

Manager of the Year

AL MOY MANAGER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Joe Madden TB
MID-SEASON PICK John Farrell BOS

 

Joe Madden has done a tremendous job with the adversity his team has faced, but John Farrell is the runaway winner at this point.  Only the most ardent, and potentially delusional, Boston faithful were predicting the team to be the best in the AL, but Farrell has guided them there and they look to be a strong contender to stay.  I’ll probably hear a groan from the Tribe fans for snubbing Tito Francona, but Farrell and the BoSox have been better.

NL MOY MANAGER TEAM
MY PRE-SEASON PICK Fredi Gonzalez ATL
MID-SEASON PICK Clint Hurdle PIT

 

Fredi has also done a good job leading his team to where they should be despite slow starts from the Upton brothers, but I defy anyone to have said the Pirates would have the best record in the majors at mid-season.  Hurdle manages with high expectations, but keeps an even keel when the seas get testy.  The pressure is on him, the coaching and the front office to avoid yet another 2nd half collapse, but he’s sure got the team in the right place right now.

I have plenty to be pissed about, but I had some wins as well.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first half of 2013, and I can’t wait for the 2nd half.

And, of course, I’m still looking forward to revisiting this again in October and being significantly more pissed off.

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