Here are my picks for each major award in each league at the midpoint of the 2013 MLB season. MVP= Most Valuable Player, RoY= Rookie of the Year, MoY= Manager of the Year, CPoY= Comeback Player of the Year.
MVP: Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis- .313/.388/.707/1.095, 37 HRs, 94 RBIs, 4.4 WAR. Right now this race is between MLB Homer Run Leader Davis and MLB Average Leader Miguel Cabrera and perhaps Mike Trout as a sleeper. Can’t go wrong with either Crush or Miggy.
Cy Young: Seattle Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez- 11-4, 2.43 ERA, 144.2 IP, 147 K, 27 BB, 1.09 WHIP, 4.7 WAR. King Felix is just as dominant as he was in his first Cy Young winning season in 2010. Easily the frontrunner right now, especially with a solid record.
RoY: Boston Red Sox 3B/SS Jose Iglesias- .360/.410/.452/.861. The Rookie Class in the AL is literally non-existent. By default, Iglesias, who was really supposed to be a Rey Ordonez type player with no bat, is the winner by default despite having no power (1 HR, .091 iso, which is slugging minus average) and a lot of luck (.407 average on balls in play).
MoY: Joe Girardi, New York Yankees- 52-46, 4th in AL East, 3.5 games out of 2nd wild card spot. The media has probably already given it to Boston’s John Farrell, but Girardi has been dealt with such a weak hand given all the injuries on the Yankees. Their only consistent offensive player is Cano and their only above average starter is Kuroda.
CPoY: New York Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera- 1.78 ERA, 31/33 save opportunities, 228 ERA+, 1.25 WHIP, 4.86 K/BB. You think it would be anyone else? After suffering that knee injury last May he’s come back and has pitched like he never left. Is he REALLY gonna retire?
MVP: St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina- .336/.384/.483/.867, 7 HRs, 51 RBIs, 3.9 WAR. While he is on a team that is 1-8 very deadly, the race isn’t very strong in the NL and the fact is this: A catcher is leading the league in average at .336. Come on. Can’t be anyone else.
Cy Young: New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey- 8-2, 2.23 ERA, 137 IP, 157 K, 28 BB, 0.89 WHIP, 4.5 WAR. There are plenty of pitchers in the league that make a great case (Kershaw, Wainwright, Jeff Locke, Patrick), but Harvey has arguably been the most dominant pitcher out of all of them.
RoY: Miami Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez- 5-5, 2.75 ERA, 104.2 IP, 103 K, 40 BB, 1.08 WHIP, 2.6 WAR. One of the few bright spots on the pathetic Miami Marlins, 20 year old Fernandez beats out Shelby Miller and an upstart fellow Cuban Yasiel Puig.
MoY: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates- 57-39, 2nd in NL Central, current first wild card spot. Hurdle has led the Buccos to their best start since Barry Bonds and Doug Drabek were being managed by Jim Leyland. Can they keep it up this time and not fall apart like the last two years? We’ll see.
CPoY: Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki- .332/.399/.598/.988, 16 HRs, 54 RBIs, 3.4 WAR. He only played in 47 games last year but has also missed a month this year. Still one of the more productive overall players in the game.