01 July 2013

2013 MLB Midseason Awards

We are now a little past the halfway point of the 2013 MLB season. Now you could theoretically look at my preseason predictions from March, which are looking second-rate as usual, or we could instead hand out some midseason hardware. In fact, let's do the latter; here are my 2013 MLB midseason awards.

Most Valuable Player
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Could the MVP really come from a club with the second-worst record in the league? Quite frankly, this guy says yes as Gomez has been incredible this season for the Brew Crew. The 27-year-old centerfielder is currently leading the majors in Wins Above Replacement with a remarkable 5.0. His bat has finally delivered on the promise from when he was a prospect in the Mets system as he has hit for average (.315) and for power (12 homers) while also leading the league in triples. And he has been sensational with the glove.
Runner-Up: Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals

Cy Young Award
Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets
Could we see a repeat Cy Young winner from Flushing? It certainly seems possible because even with another tremendous year from Clayton Kershaw, Harvey has been the best pitcher in the Senior Circuit. He has the lowest ERA (2.00), most strikeouts (132), and has the lowest WHIP (0.855), hits-per-nine (5.8) and the highest strikeouts-per-nine (10.2). It is a shame that the Mets have not exactly given their young ace much run support.
Runner-Up: Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Given how incredible Yasiel Puig has been in his short time in the majors, and given how the rest of the rookie field has not been nearly as sensational, I just about felt compelled to give the award to Puig. Of course, he is going to fall to Earth at some point and he won't be knocking the skin off the baseball every at-bat, but we should enjoy it while it lasts.
Runner-Up: Shelby Miller, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Manager of the Year
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
I know, I just about give this award to Hurdle at midseason every year and his clubs fall apart to the point where they continue their woeful losing record streak. But how can you not give the award to the guy who as of right now, has the Pittsburgh Pirates with the best record in baseball and in prime shape to contend for a playoff spot. Tell me you saw that one coming.
Runner-Up: Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves

Most Valuable Player
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers
With a guy absolutely raking like Davis, this is certainly a tough decision but still, you have to go with the man they refer to as Miggy, who may just be having a better season than he did last year when he won the Triple Crown. In fact, he also may just be more deserving than he was last year, and if Davis's bat goes cold, Cabrera may just win the Triple Crown once again.
Runner-Up: Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles

Cy Young Award
Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
The AL Cy Young race is a pretty fascinating one with a bunch of hurlers who are having tremendous seasons, guys like Hisashi Iwakuma, Clay Buchholz, Felix Hernandez, Yu Darvish, but if I had to pick somebody, it would be Scherzer. And it is not just because of his flawless record, but also because he truly has been tremendous as he is close to the league leaders in just about every statistic of note.
Runner-Up: Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, Seattle Mariners

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins
It is almost comical how weak the rookie class is in the Junior Circuit this year, you would think it was the Sprint Cup Series (who doesn't love a fine NASCAR joke?). That said, Arcia may just be the cream of the crop thus far as his bat has been one of the tops among rookies this year in the league, tying for the AL in homers and leading in RBIs. Twins blog Twinkie Town breaks down how his advanced statistics make his case look even better.
Runner-Up: Jose Iglesias, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Manager of the Year
John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
Now we have seen why the Red Sox has been on the trail of Farrell, even as he was managing their divisional rivals north of the border in Toronto, as he and his managerial style have breathed new life into the Red Sox, one year after they hit rock bottom under Bobby Valentine. His calming nature has allowed the club to play loose and thus they have responded by having the best record in the American League.
Runner-Up: Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians

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