Sunday, May 13, 2012

April Awards

This week I will post my April Awards, and even though it is called the April Awards, the stats shown will be as of the morning of May 13th, and will include the first half of May.

Rangers Awards:

MVP: Josh Hamilton, TEX (.402 AVG, 18 HR, 41 RBI) – Josh is the MVP of all of baseball and leads all of baseball in all three Triple Crown categories, so he is obviously the Rangers MVP.
Runner-up: Adrian Beltre, TEX (.313 AVG, 6 HR, 20 RBI)

Cy Young: Yu Darvish, TEX (5-1, 2.84 ERA, 51 K) – Darvish is tied for the AL lead in wins, he leads all Rangers starters in both ERA and strikeouts, and this is only his first month in the big leagues.
Runner-up: Alexi Ogando, TEX (1-0, 0.48 ERA, 19 K)

Rookie of the Year: Yu Darvish, TEX (5-1, 2.84 ERA, 51 K) – Darvish is the AL ROY, and so there is no question whether or not he is the Rangers ROY.
Runner-up: Robbie Ross, TEX (4-0, 2.45 ERA, 11 K)

AL Awards:

AL MVP: Josh Hamilton, TEX (.402 AVG, 18 HR, 41 RBI) – Josh is the leader in all three Triple Crown categories, and second place in each isn’t even close, so there really is no question here.
Runner-up: David Ortiz, BOS (.349 AVG, 7 HR, 24 RBI)

AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver, LAA (5-0, 1.60 ERA, 47 K) – Jered is second in ERA, and has four more wins than Drew Smyly, the ERA leader, and he also has a no-hitter under his belt.
Runner-up: Jake Peavy (4-0, 1.89 ERA, 44 K)

AL Rookie of the Year: Yu Darvish, TEX (5-1, 2.84 ERA, 51 K) – Yu is tied for the AL lead in wins, in the top 15 in ERA, and is third in strikeouts, all in his rookie season.
Runner-up: Tommy Milone, OAK (5-2, 3.92 ERA, 25 K)

Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter, BAL (22-12, 1st place) – Buck has taken a team that was expected to be a distant 5th place, and has them in a tie for the best record in the American League a month and a half into the season.
Runner-up: Manny Acta, CLE (18-15, 1st place)

NL Awards:

NL MVP: Matt Kemp, LAD (.365 AVG, 12 HR, 27 RBI) – After a torrid start, Kemp has slowed down quite a bit in the month of May, but is still third in average, tied for first in homers, and tied for third in RBIs.
Runner-up: David Wright, NYM (.402 AVG, 4 HR, 21 RBI)

NL Cy Young: Johnny Cueto, CIN (4-0, 1.12 ERA, 31 K) – Cueto is yet to lose a game, has an ERA near 1.00, and has stayed healthy, unlike last year when he was about 10 innings away from qualifying for the ERA title, which he would have won.
Runner-up: Lance Lynn, STL (6-0, 1.40 ERA, 37 K)

NL Rookie of the Year: Wade Miley, ARI (3-1, 2.76 ERA, 22 K) – Miley has been far and away the best rookie pitcher in the NL, with a sub-3.00 ERA, and those numbers to go along with nothing but solid play from the position player rookies, Miley is a no-brainer at this point in the season.
Runner-up: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYM (.303 AVG, 2 HR, 12 RBI)

NL Manager of the Year: Don Mattingly, LAD (22-11, 1st place) – Even though the Dodgers aren’t necessarily a surprise team, they do have the best record in baseball and that makes Mattingly deserving.
Runner-up: Davey Johnson, WAS (21-12, 1st place)

Come back next week for an interview with Rangers pitcher Mike Adams (and I really mean it this time).

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