This week I will post my May Awards. This is who I think should get the awards if the season ended today.
MVP: Vladimir Guerrero, TEX (.332 AVG, 12 HR, 42 RBI) – Vlad is second in all of baseball in RBIs, has one of the top five home run totals in the American League, and has one of the top ten batting averages in the AL.
Runner-up: Nelson Cruz, TEX (.327 AVG, 10 HR, 34 RBI)
Cy Young: Colby Lewis, TEX (4-3, 3.41 ERA, 59 K) – Colby leads the team in ERA by 0.07 over CJ Wilson, leads the team in strikeouts, and has 4 wins, which isn’t easy with the number of leads the bullpen has blown this season.
Runner-up: CJ Wilson, TEX (3-3, 3.48 ERA, 47 K)
Rookie of the Year: Neftali Feliz, TEX (13 SV, 2.96 ERA, 25 K) – Neftali is tied for 2nd in saves in the American League with 13, and out of the two rookies the Rangers have, he’s definitely had the better year.
Runner-up: Justin Smoak, TEX (.175 AVG, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
MVP: Miguel Cabrera, DET (.352 AVG, 14 HR, 48 RBI) – Miggy has had a great year for the Tigers, leading all of major league baseball in RBIs. He is also up there in both batting average and home runs, hitting well over the century mark at .352.
Runner-up: Vladimir Guerrero, TEX (.332 AVG, 12 HR, 42 RBI)
Cy Young: David Price, TB (7-2, 2.57 ERA, 50 K) – David has been incredible, as he is tied for the American League lead in wins with 7, and is 3rd in the AL in ERA with a 2.57 ERA, with Doug Fister (3 wins) and Jeff Niemann (5 wins) being the only two pitchers in the AL with better ERAs, but both have significantly less wins.
Runner-up: Doug Fister, SEA (3-2, 2.03 ERA, 26 K)
Rookie of the Year: Mitch Talbot, CLE (6-3, 3.73 ERA, 24 K) – Mitch has six wins for Indians, which is impressive by itself, but also has a 3.73 ERA, which is best among all AL rookies that have at least 25 innings pitched.
Runner-up: Reid Brignac, TB (.311 AVG, 2 HR, 20 RBI)
Manager of the Year: Cito Gaston, TOR (30-22, 3rd place) – Cito has taken a team without much talent to just a game back of the wild card two months into the season. The Blue Jays were expected to be a fourth place team in the AL East, but have played very, very well, and might even make the playoffs.
Runner-up: Ken Macha, OAK (27-24, 1st place)
MVP: Andre Ethier, LAD (.392 AVG, 11 HR, 38 RBI) – Andre is the obvious leader for this award at this point, in my opinion, as he leads all of baseball in batting average, and is tied for 3rd in the NL in RBIs, with home runs toward the top of the league.
Runner-up: Albert Pujols, STL (.310 AVG, 12 HR, 38 RBI)
Cy Young: Ubaldo Jimenez, COL (9-1, 0.88 ERA, 61 K) – Ubaldo leads the majors in two of the three major categories pitching-wise, with 9 wins and a miniscule 0.88 ERA. His ERA is incredible, because it rises even if he throws a complete game and only allows one run. He is obviously the Cy Young at this point.
Runner-up: Roy Halladay, PHI (7-3, 1.99 ERA, 70 K)
NL Rookie of the Year: Mike Leake, CIN (4-0, 2.45 ERA, 45 K) – This award at this point is really between Mike Leake and Jason Heyward, and I really think that good pitching is much more rare than good hitting, and so I think that Leake deserves the award. He is undefeated so far, and has an ERA of 2.45. That’s incredible, especially for a guy that never even played minor league ball.
Runner-up: Jason Heyward, ATL (.301 AVG, 10 HR, 38 RBI)
NL Manager of the Year: Dusty Baker, CIN (30-21, 1st place) – Even though I picked the Reds to win the division, the overall consensus was that the Cardinals would, but the Reds are in first place at this point of the season at 30-21, and have been dominating.
Runner-up: Bud Black, SD (30-20, 1st place)
Come back next week for my 250th post.