29 June 2011

2011 MLB Midseason Awards

We are about at the halfway point in the 2011 MLB season and already my preseason predictions do not look pretty. That said, here are my award winners at the midseason point.

Most Valuable Player
Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets
Now maybe I'm crazy but I do think that Jose Reyes has been the MVP thus far. Here's my reasoning

  • Reyes has had an awesome year by any standards, but especially for a shortstop. He's hitting .349 with 64 runs and 29 stolen bases. 
  • He's been carrying this Mets club that somehow, someway is above .500 and is in the NL East and the Wild Card chase even after starting 5-13. Plus he's been doing it with David Wright out. 
  • He has refused to let trade rumors that have been circling him since spring training disrupt his play
  • The other top contenders in my mind, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Matt Kemp all have holes in their resume. Both Fielder and Braun are on the same team and Kemp's club has been awful
I know it sounds crazy but not only has Reyes been playing terrifically he has also given hope to a club for the meantime that really shouldn't have any.
Runner-up: Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

Cy Young Award
Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia
Even by his own lofty standards, Doc has been magnificent in 2011. He leads the league in wins, innings pitched, complete games, and walks per nine innings and he is also at a personal best in K-to-walk rate. Plus the Phillies simply do not lose when he starts.
Runner-up: Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Rookie of the Year
Dillon Gee, SP, New York Mets
What, another award for a Met? Yes, believe it. The Mets had serious concerns in their starting rotation with Johan Santana not due back any time soon and have surprisingly found a stabilizing force in their rotation in Gee. He isn't setting the world aflame with his strikeout numbers and yet he stands right now at 8-1 with a low WHIP and has a low opponents batting average. For this surprising club, he has been a huge lift. 
Runner-up: Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals

Manager of the Year
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
When you talk about a new manager changing the culture, you have to think of Hurdle first and foremost. This is a guy that's contagious enthusiasm and passion for the game just has the Pirates looking like a real baseball club. The are two games over .500 and are within striking distance for the NL Central and the Wild Card. 
Runner-up: Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee Brewers

Most Valuable Player
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Boston Red Sox
You ever wonder what Gonzo could do when he was liberated from Petco Park? Well just take a step back and look at his awesome 2011 he's been working on. He leads the Junior Circuit in average, hits, RBIs, doubles  and total bases. He also has been killing the ball with runners in scoring position with two outs (.400). 
Runner-up: Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers

Cy Young Award
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers 
If there were any questions that Verlander was the most dominant pitcher in the American League, his 2011 has silence any doubters. Pacing the league in wins, inning pitched, winning percentage and WHIP, Verlander has been a key reason why the Tigers sit in first. 
Runner-up: Jared Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Rookie of the Year
Michael Pineda, SP, Seattle Mariners
The Mariners, despite an offense straight out of the dead ball era, have been staying alive in the playoffs chase thanks to a really strong rotation. Everybody knows about Felix Hernandez but Pineda has been just as good as the ace. He has strong strikeout numbers and you wonder how much better his stats would look if he got some help from his offense. 
Runner-up: Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Manager of the Year
Manny Acta, Cleveland Indians
This was a team that many thought would be the worst in the AL Central but they sit right now in second in the division, only a pair of games behind Detroit. Acta has been getting strong contributions from journeymen throughout the roster as well as some solid pitching. There's no reason why this team can't compete as the summer goes on.
Runner-up: Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays

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