The All-Star break is finally among us! The first half of the season was full of surprises and a chock-full of talent. This is my opinion on if the season were to end today what players and coaches would win the years biggest awards.
Rookie of the Year: Not even an argument AL: Aaron Judge NL: Cody Bellinger
AL MVP – Aaron Judge: Judge leads the majors in homers with 30, is 2nd in the AL in batting average at .330 and RBIs with 66 and leads the MLB in 4 other categories (Runs, OBP, SLG, and OPS. A close second place would have to be Jose Altuve. As of yesterday, Altuve leads the league in batting average, batting .342, has a .950 ops which is astonishing and also has 18 stolen bags and 113 hits.
NL MVP – Marcell Ozuna: While some will say this pick comes as a surprise and may even be considered a humorous pick, my response to that is numbers don’t lie. Going into the break, Marcell is batting .316, has 23 home runs, and 69 RBIs which is second to Nolan Arenado who has 70. What Ozuna is doing thus far is special and the world needs to start talking about him.
AL Cy Young – Chris Sale: Sale is 11-4 on the year and average’s over 10 strikeouts a game. He leads the league in strikeouts with 178. When he has his stuff, which most nights he does, he is arguably the most dominant pitcher in baseball.
NL Cy Young – Max Scherzer: I struggled picking between him and Kershaw but what Max is doing right now is something out of a movie. He had a sub 2 ERA going into the weekend (now at 2.10 which leads the majors), and is second in the league in strikeouts with 173. He’s 1st in the league in WHIP with a 0.78, leads the league in BAA where hitters on average bat .163 against, and just continues to dazzle us with his masterful pitching style. He also leads the league in IP so you can count on him to go deep into ballgames. Scherzer has no hit stuff literally every night and is usually must watch TV.
AL Manager of the Year – AJ Hinch: Hinch has an outstanding ball club and still manages to win despite a boat load of injuries. The Astros have 60 wins going into the break and are favorites to represent the A.L. in the Fall Classic come late October.
NL Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell: The Brewers are going into the all-star break leading the N.L. Central and are 9 games over 500. Last year, the Brewers were 73-89 and already knew their season was over. Talk about a damn good turn around! The Brewers also don’t have a superstar on the team but are still finding a way to win ball games. This can be heavily credited to the great managing skills of Craig Counsell. The former Brew Crew second baseman turned manager is looking to take his ball club back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011.