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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.

NL MVP:

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



AL MVP:

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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