After doing the NL awards yesterday, it’s time to address your front-runners in the American League. Unlike the NL though, most of these races haven’t been too close. As a matter of fact, I can almost guarantee that if the season were to end today, all of these projections would be correct. Here are the current leaders for each individual award:
AL MVP: Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
While Miguel Cabrera and Mike Napoli have both had excellent April’s, its tough to beat 9 HR, 28 RBI, and a .337 average. Name an offensive category and it’s almost guaranteed that Davis’ name is in the top 5. So while it is safe to say that Cabrera will pass Davis in probably all of those categories very soon, for the month of April, the spotlight belongs to Chris Davis.
AL CY Young: Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox
For me, this one wasn’t even close. Yes, the Rays Matt Moore has put up some really good number thus far and Iwakuma in Seattle has been a nice surprise. However, when a guy go 6-0 in his first 6 starts while giving up just 1 HR and striking out 47 in 44 innings, it’s a no brainer. Buchholz has averaged over 7 innings a start and has limited opponents to a .178 averaged, which also explains his .96 WHIP. The Award is his to lose right now.
AL Rookie of the Year: Conor Gillaspie, Chicago White Sox
While the White Sox haven’t had much to cheer about in 2013, Conor Gillaspie has certainly not been the reason. Gillaspie leads all qualifying rookies in AVG (.323), OBP (.375), and SLG (.538) while only making 1 error in 170 innings at 3rd base. As it stands right now, this race isn’t even close.
AL Coach of the Year: John Farrell
Everyone thought Farrell would regret going to Boston after the dismal season the Sox had last year, combined with the fact that the Jays went out and loaded up over the offseason. I think it is safe to say that there aren’t too many regrets at this point. At 19-8 the Red Sox, who were projected to finish last by most experts, are leading all of baseball and hold a 2 game lead over the New York Yankees in the East. Speaking of the Yankees, I wanted to give this award to Girardi, because of all the injuries they have overcome, but gave the slight edge to Farrell.
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