American League Winners
AL MVP- Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers. Cabrera is in the mix for the Triple Crown. Mentioning someone’s name and Triple Crown in the same sentence makes it easy deciding who the midway MVP is. He’s batting .346 (tied for 1st with Josh Hamilton) and he has 22 home runs so far, which is second to only Jose Bautista (24). He has 77 RBI and that stands alone as first not only in the AL but the NL as well.
His stats are tremendous, but that’s not the only reason he should be the MVP. Time and time again, Cabrera gets big hits for the Tigers when they need it most. He means more to the Tigers than any other player means to their team, which is why he is the midway MVP and will ultimately win the MVP at the end of the season.
AL Cy Young- David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Price has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the league this year; he is already 12-4 on the season. To date he has 100 strikeouts, two complete games and a WHIP of just 1.20. Not to mention his staggering ERA at 2.42…in the American League. He has only allowed nine home runs while walking 43 batters. At the end of the year, Price might not be the one awarded with the Cy Young but he does however deserve every bit of respect from his peers. That’s pretty good considering he is in just his third season. If Price can manage to keep his numbers up, he will be the favorite to win the Cy Young this year.
AL Rookie of the Year- Brennan Boesch, LF, Detroit Tigers
The Tigers’ future is looking bright with a potential MVP and ROY on their roster. Boesch has been fantastic for the Tigers this season with winning two consecutive rookie-of-the-month awards this year. For the season he’s batting .342 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI. Boesch is the main protector for Cabrera in the lineup, and as you read above, he is doing ok. When they do decide to pitch around Cabrera, you have to make them pay, and that is exactly what Boesch has been doing.
National League Winners
NL MVP-Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
It seems like every year Pujols’s name is mentioned for the MVP…and of course he deserves it. However, the one thing that concerns me thus far is his batting average at just .308. It’s not horrible but if Pujols doesn’t get more hits he might not be in the discussion for NL MVP at the end of the year. With that said, his power numbers are still at the top of the NL. He’s fourth in the NL in home runs, 21, yet Adam Dunn, Joey Votto and Corey Hart are all tied for first with 22 home runs. He’s fourth in the NL in RBI, 64, but again, Adam Dunn, Ryan Howard and David Wright are all tied for 1st with 65 RBI. Dunn has similar numbers to him, but Pujols means more to his team than Dunn does. Dunn has every right to be in the discussion for MVP but I would give a slight edge to Pujols because of what his presence does for the Cardinals lineup.
NL Cy Young-Ubaldo Jimenez Colorado Rockies
Let’s face it, Jimenez has been the best pitcher this year and got the start in the All-Star game. The man has 15 wins this year already and has just one loss with an impressive ERA of 2.20 and a WHIP of just 1.05. His base-on-balls is a little high, 46, but that’s not even that bad especially when you throw in his 113 strikeouts (just 87 hits) and three CG’s. Pitchers usually don’t win the MVP, however, Jimenez is making a strong case for himself and is definitely in the discussion especially if the Rockies make the playoffs. If he doesn’t win the Cy Young award at the end of the year that means two things have had to happen. One, he had a mental breakdown and plays like an entirely different pitcher. Second, Roy Halladay or Adam Wainwright goes on a massive win streak to catch up with Jimenez’s stats. These scenarios are unlikely but, that’s why they play the games.
NL Rookie of the Year- Jason Heyward, RF, Atlanta Braves
Heyward also won rookie-of-the-month award in two consecutive months this year (see Boesch). However, he was recently put on the 15-day disabled list, but that shouldn’t hinder him for the rest of season. He is suffering from a deep bone bruise in his left hand and because of this, his average has dropped to .251 while his HR and RBI paces have slowed down with just 11 and 45 respectively. Heyward is still the cream of the crop when it comes to rookies. Unlike the MVP award, pitchers have a great shot in winning the ROY award, so if Stephen Strasburg keeps up his ace type starts, he will have a shot to overtake the ROY from Heyward. Heyward is my midway ROY but could find himself in a two man race against Strasburg towards the end of the season.