Tuesday, July 03, 2012

June Awards

This week I will post my June Awards, which are who I think should win the awards if the season were to end today.

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Rangers Awards:

MVP: Josh Hamilton, TEX (.314 AVG, 25 HR, 73 RBI) - As my AL MVP, I don't think there is any way that Josh isn't my Rangers MVP.
Runner-up: Adrian Beltre, TEX (.323 AVG, 14 HR, 52 RBI)

Cy Young: Matt Harrison, TEX (11-3, 3.16 ERA, 65 K) - One of the Rangers 7 All-Stars (hopefully 8), Matt is tied for the league-lead in wins with David Price, with an ERA hovering around 3.00.
Runner-up: Yu Darvish, TEX (10-5, 3.59 ERA, 117 K)

Rookie of the Year: Yu Darvish, TEX (10-5, 3.59 ERA, 117 K) - Yu has had a very good rookie season, and with a stiff class of rookies for the Rangers this year, from Robbie Ross to Brandon Snyder to smaller pieces, Darvish has been the best.
Runner-up: Robbie Ross, TEX (6-0, 1.03 ERA, 26 K)

AL Awards:

MVP: Josh Hamilton, TEX (.314 AVG, 25 HR, 73 RBI) - Even after a really bad June for Josh, he is still the best player in the American League, 2nd in home runs, 1st in RBIs, and towards the top in batting average. If he can break out of his slump, he still has a chance at the Triple Crown.
Runner-up: Adrian Beltre, TEX (.323 AVG, 14 HR, 52 RBI)

Cy Young: Jered Weaver, LAA (9-1, 2.13 ERA, 68 K) - Jered is the league leader in ERA, and despite his surprising lack of strikeouts, his tremendous ERA and 9-1 record are still plenty enough to make him the Cy Young thus far.
Runner-up: David Price, TB (11-4, 2.92 ERA, 97 K)

Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout, LAA (.339 AVG, 9 HR, 33 RBI) - Unfortunately, the Angels called Trout up. Fortunately, they had him start the year in AAA. Ever since Trout came up the Angels have been on fire after their slow start, and Mike has done well enough to become the AL league leader in batting average.
Runner-up: Yu Darvish, TEX (10-5, 3.59 ERA, 117 K)

Manager of the Year: Robin Ventura, CWS (42-37, 1st place) - The White Sox were supposed to be a miserably bad team this year, and Ventura has played a big role in them going from a projected 5th place to a real 1st place.
Runner-up: Ron Washington, TEX (50-30, 1st place)

NL Awards:

MVP: Joey Votto, CIN (.350 AVG, 14 HR, 47 RBI, .471 OBP) - Even though Votto has a lower batting average, less home runs, and fewer RBIs than Andrew McCutchen, my runner-up, Joey has an absolutely ridiculous .471 OBP, which means he gets on base 1 out of every 2 trips to the plate, an unheard of number this late in the season.
Runner-up: Andrew McCutchen, PIT (.354 AVG, 15 HR, 52 RBI)

Cy Young: RA Dickey, NYM (12-1, 2.15 ERA, 116 K) - RA leads baseball in wins, is third in the NL in ERA, and is near the very top in strikeouts. He has a chance to win the Triple Crown for pitching in the NL, like Clayton Kershaw did last year.
Runner-up: Johnny Cueto, CIN (9-4, 2.26 ERA, 79 K)

Rookie of the Year: Wade Miley, ARI (9-4, 2.87 ERA, 66 K) - Miley, in a weak NL class of rookies, is thus far the only NL rookie All-Star, with a sub-3.00 ERA and a very solid 9-4 record.
Runner-up: Kirk Niewenhuis, NYM (.275 AVG, 7 HR, 25 RBI)

Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle, PIT (43-36, 2nd place) - Hurdle has led the Pirates to consecutive good first halves, and has finally brought some winning to the previously sad-sack franchise, who is currently a wild card and just 1 game back of the Cincinnati Reds.
Runner-up: Davey Johnson, WAS (45-32, 1st place)

Come back next week for my San Francisco-Oakland Trip Report.

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