A lot of sports media outlets like to make predictions about awards around the mid-point of the season. In this post you’ll find that…I’m no different. We’re a couple of weeks removed from the All-Star game and the trade deadline is a week away. This seems like as good a time as any to make some predictions
stats accurate as of 7/24
AL- Jose Altuve .360/.428/1.003 17 HR, 60 RBI, 25 SB
Jose Altuve is having a season that surprises no one…well, not me at least. The Astros second baseman is having a career year and has already reached a new career high in HRs. The Astros are currently sitting 2.5 games back behind the Rangers in the AL West and they’re 0.5 back of the Blue Jays for the final Wild Card spot. There’s some center fielder for the Angels or a DH in Boston (DHs winning MVP…there’s a topic) that could give him a run at the award but I think, at this point, it’s Altuve’s award to lose.
NL – Daniel Murphy .355/.392/1.012 19 HR, 73 RBI
This was a tough call. Matt Carpenter is also having an MVP-worthy season but the numbers give a slight edge to Murphy. Ask the Mets and they’ll tell you Murph is having a phenomenal year (he’s hit 6 HR and 19 RBI in 12 games against his former team). With Bryce Harper slumping, Murphy is a big part of the offense for the current NL East leader.
AL – Chris Sale 14-3, 129 Ks/29 BBs, 3.18 ERA, 1.01 WHIP
The AL race is pretty wide open with no real front-runner but when he’s not cutting up throwback jerseys Chris Sale has been carving up lineups. The lefty is the MLB leader in wins (an overrated category yes, but let’s not kid ourselves; it DOES factor into the decision of who wins the award). The White Sox are pretty much going nowhere so it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s moved before next week’s deadline. Moving to a contender would only help his chances (assuming he keeps his numbers consistent) and the Red Sox, among others, have been rumored to be inquiring about his services.
NL – Clayton Kershaw 11-2, 145 Ks/9 BBs, 1.79 ERA, 0.73 WHIP
Kershaw looks poised to win his 4th award. Stephen Strasburg is having a great year for Washington but just look at Kershaw’s numbers. No, you’re not seeing things. He’s sporting a K/BB ratio just under 16:1! The lefty is currently on the DL and seems to have suffered a recent setback so there’s a chance that the award could go to Strasburg or to Johnny Cueto (whose Giants are 3.5 up in the NL West). But if they handed out the award today (which they won’t) and I got a vote (which I don’t) it’d go to Kershaw.
Rookie of the Year
AL – Nomar Mazara .286/.339/.764 12 HR, 40 RBI
The Rangers rookie outfielder has had an impressive showing in his rookie campaign. Though he’s coming out of a recent slump, he’s been showcasing prodigious power most of the season.
NL – Trevor Story .275/.349/.939 27 HR, 69 RBI
Almedys Diaz is also having a great season for a contending team (currently 0.5 back for the 2nd Wild Card) but it’s going to be hard to overlook the pace that Trevor Story started the season off with. Story tied the rookie record for HR before the All-Star break (21) and playing his home games in Colorado leads me to believe he won’t be slowing that pace down much.