Finalists named for MLB awards

  • David Whitlock

For the first time, similar to the NHL, Major League Baseball has named finalists for all its major awards, including Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards.

On Monday, winners to be announced nightly at 6 EST (ROY Monday, Manager Tuesday, Cy Young Wednesday, MVP Thursday).  I like this format.

Without further ado (and my odds of winning)

AL MVP:

Miguel Cabrera (1:3) – Triple Crown winner, enough said

Mike Trout (2:1) – Popular choice, but team didn’t play in postseason and he didn’t win triple crown

Adrian Beltre (100:1 as field) – 36 HR, 102 RBI, second best player from his teams in this field

Josh Hamilton (100:1 as field) – Hands down winner after May, but team and performance faded.

Robinson Cano (100:1 as field) – Will control NY media vote, but no real chance here

NL MVP:

Ryan Braun (Even) – going for repeat, is up there in categories, will PED accusations drag him down

Chase Headley (25:1) – Best player you wouldn’t have considered (.286, 31, 115 in a pitchers park)

Andrew McCutchen (5:1) – Breakthrough year, but was ordinary in the second half as team faded.

Yadier Molina (4:1) – Probably the most deserving as truly “most valuable”

Buster Posey (2:1) – Batting champion, will postseason team success affect votes?

AL Cy Young:

Justin Verlander (2:1) – Best name recognition and postseason, but didn’t get to the 20 win plateau

David Price (Even) – 20 wins, 2.56 ERA, >200 strikeouts. darn tough to beat

Jered Weaver (2:1) – Also 20 wins, ERA close, didn’t seem to be as dominant late.

NL Cy Young:

RA Dickey (3:2) – Popular with the fans and in NY.  And 20 wins

Gio Gonzalez (Even) – 21 wins, 200 K, stats right with Dickey but his team made the postseason

Clayton Kershaw (3:1) – Best ERA, but only 14 wins and no postseason.

So my picks are Cabrera, Braun, Price, and Gonzalez.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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