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MLB Mid-Season Awards

With the second half of the season kicking off today, here's a quick look at who I think should win the major awards if it were decided today. On the MVP award, I take the term "most valuable" very literal, I don't treat it like a best overall player award so team record matters. If a great player's team is having a losing season, they could have lost without him so he's not considered. I don't consider pitchers either, at most starting pitchers play in 32-35 games a year of 162 games; even if they go undefeated, their team can still be awful. Playing once every five days just doesn't have enough impact for the MVP award in my opinion.


Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)

.362 AVG, .414 OBP, 18 HR, 60 RBI, 58 Runs, 14 Steals

On Pace for - 34 HR, 115 RBI, 11 Runs, 27 Steals

Runners Up: David Wright, Michael Bourn, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Braun


Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers)

.307 AVG, .380 OBP, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 54 Runs, 6 Steals

On Pace For - 52 HR, 144 RBI, 104 Runs, 11 Steals

Runners Up: Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Jones

NL Cy Young:

R.A. Dickey

12-1, 2.40 ERA, 120 Innings/123 Strikeouts

Runners Up - Clayton Kershaw, James McDonald

AL Cy Young:

Justin Verlander

9-5, 2.57 ERA, 132 Innings/128 Strikeouts

Runners Up: Jered Weaver, Chris Sale

Top NL Rookie:

Bryce Harper

.282 AVG, .353 OBP, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 43 Runs, 10 Steals

On Pace For - 15 HR, 48 RBI, 83 Runs, 19 Steals

Runners Up - Willin Rosario, Todd Frazier

Top AL Rookie:

Mike Trout

.341 AVG, .396 OBP, 12 HR, 40 Runs, 57 RBI, 26 Steals

On Pace For 22 HR, 75 RBI, 107 Runs, 48 Steals

Runner Up - Will Middlebrooks

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