Now that the Gold Gloves and silver sluggers have been handed out, I don’t have to worry about going position by position, so here are my predictions for the upcoming MLB awards:
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
I will be rooting for Mike Trout, who is the best all around player in baseball, but I don’t think they’ll give it to someone who was on such a bad team.
AL CY Young: Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
As much as I think the win and loss record is overrated, you can’t argue with 21-3. The best WHIP in the AL is no small accomplishment either.
AL Rookie of the year: Wil Meyers, Tampa Bay Rays
No rookie had a bigger role (batted mostly 3rd or 4th down the stretch) or more of an impact on their respective teams.
AL Manager of the year: John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
Seriously? Is there any manager whose team overachieved/accomplished more than Farrell’s?
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
He had by far the weakest supporting casts out of all the finalists and led his team to a historic season. Goldschmidt is just as deserving, but his team’s record will hurt him.
NL CY Young: Clayton Kershaw. Los Angeles Dodgers
If Fernandez had played the entire year, I could probably make a strong argument as to why he deserves this award, but denying Kershaw and his 1.83 ERA at this point would be plain ignorant.
NL Rookie of the year: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
This shouldn’t even be a contest in my own personal opinion. What Fernandez did throughout his 2013 season was far more impressive than the streaky Puig. We’ll see if the voters agree though.
NL Manager of the year: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
What Hurdle’s team accomplished this past season will be remembered in Pittsburgh for a long time to come.
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