As always, MLB is exciting again with tight playoff races in just about every division. There have been some standout players this year such as Chris Davis, among others. If you guys have read my previous article MLB predictions: Who will take it all?, you would see that my predictions so far have put me at 1 team right in first: (Tigers), 3 teams in second: (Dodgers, Rangers, Nationals) two teams in third: (Angels, Reds), and yes, one team in dead last: (Blue Jays).
Well, I think it’s a little late to change, but I can always change my World Series pick from the Nationals too…well, I’ll just stick with the Nats. Yes, call me naïve, but I still think this team can turn it around. They finally have their starting cast back, and they have shown it by being a game above .500 at the All Star break. This team just has too much talent to let go to waste, and Davey Johnson said this would be his final season coaching, which I think will be a reason for them to turn it on.
My midseason awards are probably going to be the same as everyone else. But that’s how dominant these players have been this year.
Cy Young Award:
NL: Clayton Kershaw; AL: Max Scherzer
Clayton Kershaw is posting an 8-6 record, with a RIDICULOUS 1.98 ERA. Let me repeat that, A 1.98 ERA!
Max Scherzer has a 13-1 record, and failed to become only the first pitcher since Roger Clemens to start a season at 14-0, with an ERA of 3.19.
Manager of the Year:
NL: Clint Hurdle; AL: John Farrell
Clint Hurdle’s Pittsburgh Pirates are currently 2 games out of first place in the central and have 50 wins at the All Star break. The last time the Pirates had 50 wins at the break was their World Series year. Now I’m not saying it will happen, I’m just saying it’s a possibility (it won’t happen, sorry Pirates fans)
John Farrell has the Red sox at 58 wins this season and in first in the AL East. Last season under Manager Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox in a full season had 69 wins. Red Sox have a lower payroll this year as well. Farrell has done an exceptional job this year, and it’s looking like one of those Red Sox teams that could very well make the World Series, and quite possibly win it as well.
Most Valuable Player:
NL: Clayton Kershaw; AL: Miguel Cabrera
I believe Clayton Kershaw can be in the rare category of winning a Cy Young and an MVP in the same season. I believe the last player to do that was Justin Verlander. An offensive player will win it, but if I had a chance to vote, I would vote Kershaw, since there hasn’t been a dominant hitter in the NL this season that really stands out.
I think Miguel Cabrera wins his second straight Triple Crown this year. If that were to happen, I would rank him in my top 5 greatest hitters of all time, and possibly the greatest hitter of all time. He became the first player in baseball history to have 30 home runs and 90 RBIs before the All Star break. I believe Chris Davis comes back down to earth to hit 50 home runs, and Miguel Cabrera hits 53 with about 170 RBIs and hits .365-.370 to end the year.