02 July 2012

2012 MLB Midseason Awards

Those preseason predictions? Just throw those bad boys out the window as we are now at around the midpoint of the 2012 MLB season. Who at this point would be taking home some major hardware? Here are my midseason awards.

Most Valuable Player
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
Amid a pretty solid field of MVP candidates in the Senior Circuit, there is one clear-cut choice for this award and it is Mr. Votto. Votto has just been absolutely tremendous at the plate this season, batting .350 with a .632 slugging percentage, 14 homers and 47 RBIs. He won't be a Triple Crown winner but he could very well claim the batting title. He also is leading a pretty strong Reds club, who I still think will win the pennant. 
Runner-Up: Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Cy Young Award
R.A. Dickey, SP, New York Mets
How about Dickey this season? Hell, how about them Mets? Dickey only has been throwing his knuckler since around 2005 but he has absolutely mastered it and his pitching performance thus far has been absolutely incredible. Dickey leads the NL in wins with 12 (against only one loss), ERA with 2.15, WHIP with a startling 0.88, and batting average against in .188. Has there really been another pitcher that has been better this season in the NL?
Runner-Up: Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants

Rookie of the Year
Wade Miley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
When you talk about young Arizona arms, you probably think of star prospect Trevor Bauer. And while he may hit the show soon, this young Louisianan has been taking the National League by storm with a tremendous season thus far. Miley, who is 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA (which was around 2 before his last start) with a 66-19 strikeout-to-walk, has been Arizona's best starter thus far and a key reason why they are still hanging around in the NL West.  
Runner-Up: Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals

Manager of the Year
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
Another season, yet another overperforming Pirates club at this point. And that is due to Hurdle, whose infectious, high-energy style could get anyone willing to go out and play hard for him. His lineup consists of Andrew McCutchen and some other nice players as well as some good pitchers having either a career year (James McDonald) or a revival (A.J. Burnett). The Pirates are only a half game out of first and unlike last year, they will not fade down the stretch.
Runner-Up: Terry Collins, New York Mets

Most Valuable Player
Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
To say that Hamilton has been having an incredible season is a little bit of an understatement. Hamilton has been just so good and the numbers certainly back that up. He is batting .319 with 25 homers, 73 RBIs and an utterly insane .652 slugging percentage. He has been on a little bit of a lull since he was on that insane tear but he still has been the best player in the league. Bonus points for leading the best club in baseball.
Runner-Up: Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees

Cy Young Award
Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
Yet again, Verlander has been an absolute horse and the leader of this Tigers club that has been pretty inconsistent thus far in 2012. He leads the league with 123.2 innings pitched as well as with 121 strikeouts, which comes almost to be a really good strikeout-per-inning ratio. His 8-5 record is not tremendous but that speaks more to the lineup disappointing.
Runner-Up: David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Rookie of the Year
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
There is no question that the best rookie in either league has been the 20-year-old New Jersey native, who is leading the AL with a .336 average and with his 22 stolen bases. Trout has been the best player since he was called up early this season as the Angels are 37-21 since he was called up after being 7-14 before he was called up. The fact that Trout is a legit MVP candidate, which no other rookie can really claim, seals the deal.
Runner-Up: Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers

Manager of the Year
Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox
Did really anybody see Ventura having this White Sox club at this point in the season in first place in the AL Central? Certainly more people would have had them in last place but Ventura, who had absolutely zero coaching experience before the season, has worked wonders with this club and has been a sharp change from Ozzie Guillen in the Windy City.
Runner-Up: Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles

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