AL MVP- Mike Trout, OF, Angels- The 20-year-old leads the AL in WAR, batting average and stolen bases and Anaheim has been incredible with him in the lineup. Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton are in the discussion.
NL MVP- Joey Votto, 1B, Reds- With none of the pitchers the Mets’ David Wright has behind him, Joey Votto is carrying the Reds. He leads the big leagues in WAR and the NL in OPS and walks. He’s second in slugging and fifth in batting average. Wright and Andrew McCutchen are close, though.
AL Cy Young- Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers- Don’t let the low win total fool you. He leads the AL in WAR, innings, strikeouts and complete games. Detroit would be totally out of the race without his excellent pitching. The sensational Chris Sale is close.
NL Cy Young- R.A. Dickey, SP, Mets- A knuckleballer who leads the NL in wins, WAR and WHIP and second in strikeouts? Seems pretty legendary and definitely deserving. Gio Gonzalez and Matt Cain come close.
AL Rookie- Trout- Is any explanation necessary?
NL Rookie- Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals- He’s only 19 and leads all rookies not named Trout in average, OPB, OPS, runs and steals.
AL Manager- Buck Showalter, Orioles- He’s taken a young team and an unproven pitching staff and turned into a team very much in competition for a playoff spot. Very well done.
NL Manager- Clint Hurdle, Pirates- A team that hasn’t gone over .500 in over 20 years is 11 games over with a young team like Baltimore and a pitching staff led by James McDonald and A.J. Burnett.