The Pubbies! | Andrew Santangelo’s MLB Midseason Award Special | AL & NL MVP, CY Young, and More!
By: Andrew Santangelo (@aj_santangelo)
The all-star game is over as the Major League Baseball season gets set for the second half. The halfway point is when the season starts to take shape showing who the contenders are against the pretenders and who the season’s stars have been. The midseason point of the season means time to address the midseason awards and see how they compare at the end of the season.
The Angels all-star has not only had an incredible season, but he continues to make history. Baseball fans have not seen a player like Ohtani consistently hit and pitch like this since Babe Ruth. At the break, the slugger leads the MLB in home runs, is top three in RBI. Along with his offensive production, he has been a phenomenal pitcher as well. On the season, he is hitting .279 33HR 70RBI 65R and 12SB. On the mound, he is 4-1 with a 3.49ERA with 87SO in 67IP. His nickname is showtime for a reason. The runner-up was a pretty easy choice in Vladimir Guerrero Jr, wherein a season that Ohtani is not taking over, Guerrero most likely would take the award.
AL CY Young
The White Sox needed pitching in the offseason, so they went out and acquired Lance Lynn. Lynn has thrown fantastic baseball this year and has lived up to the trade for the White Sox side. The veteran pitcher leads the American League in ERA and is third in WHIP and many other categories, including wins. The White Sox ace is 9-3 with a 1.99 ERA with 105 SO in 90.2 innings of work. The CY Young runner-up would be Kyle Gibson, who could gain more traction in the second half, potentially being traded to a contending team with his 6-1 record and a 2.29ERA.
AL Rookie of the Year
The Rangers will be a hot topic around the trade deadline with possible veterans on the move in Joey Gallo, Ian Kennedy, and Kyle Gibson. One name that will not be on the move is their future franchise player in Adolis Garcia. The Rangers outfielder leads rookies in home runs and RBIs. He is hitting .270 with 22HR, 62RBI, and 84 hits in 80 games, including 34 extra-base hits. His one area of improvement would need to be strikeouts 102 in 80 games played.
AL Manager of the Year
There are a few options here, depending on how the rest of the season plays out. The midseason award winner will go to Red Sox manager, surprisingly leading that team to the best record in the American League at the break with a 55-36 record holding a 1.5 game lead over the Rays. In the conversation alongside Cora will be Tony La Russa with the first-place White Sox, and Scott Servais of the Mariners has Seattle playing their best baseball in a long time. If Seattle steals a playoff spot, expect Servais to steal manager of the year from Cora as well.
NL MVP and NL Cy Young
The former Cy Young winner is looking to take home the award again. This time he has a strong chance of adding an MVP alongside the Cy Young this well. For most of the first half, the Mets starter had an ERA below one until his last start of the first half pushed it slightly above. deGrom has a 7-2 record with a 1.08ERA, striking out 146 batters in 92IP with a WHIP of .54. He has helped lead the Mets to first in the division at the midway point of the season. deGrom is first in the league in strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP. If the Mets could hold first place and deGrom stays at this level, he will take home the MVP.
NL Rookie of the Year
In an injury-driven year for the Marlins, their rookie starting pitcher Trevor Rogers has picked up his part of the deal, throwing 101.1IP with 122 strikeouts with a 2.31 ERA in the first half-season. He leads NL rookies with seven wins; his ERA is a league-best for rookies, along with his 22 strikeouts. His toughest competition is Ian Anderson on the pitching end, while Jonathan India of the Reds challenges him on the offensive side of the ball.
NL Manager of the Year
If the Giants can hold onto their division lead over the Dodgers and Padres, this might be the easiest award to give out of them all. The Kapler-led Giants have quietly put together one of the most successful first halves of the season this year. They have the best record in baseball with their 57 wins and a +116 point differential.