I'm Just Saying.....
Here are my selections for Major League Baseball Awards:
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
Last year he won the Triple Crown. It would not have surprised anyone if his totals dropped. But, his batting average rose from .330 to .348 and he was only two RBI’s short from last years totals. He hit the same amount of homeruns at 44, he had more walks and less strikeouts than last year. Oh by the way, he did this with a nagging injury.
AL CY Young: Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
I think its time Detroit made Max their number one pitcher. He out-shined Justin Verlander (the current #1) in every major statistical category. Let’s brake down just how great of a season Scherzer had: #1 in wins, he had the least amount of loses by a pitcher with over 175 innings, #5 in ERA, tied for 5th in innings pitched, gave up 56 walks (tied for 24th), struck out 240 batters (#2), and was #1 in Whip with 0.97. Was anyone better, not by a long shot.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers.
Don’t call me a Tiger fan, because I do not like them at all. The facts just speak for themselves. Jose was traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers because of the suspension of SS Jhonny Peralta. Iglesias led all AL rookies with a batting average of .303 (.258 with the Tigers) and 2nd in hits and Detroit found the shortstop it was looking for.
AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell Boston Red Sox
Who would have thought that the Red Sox would have gone from 5th place in 2012 to 1st place in the American League East Division. I know I didn’t, I had the Sox slotted for 4th place just ahead of my Yankees. The team was spiraling downward, but with the right free agent signings, talented young players, Boston was able under the guiding figure of Farrell to turn it around. Oh yea, don’t forget the beards played a significant role too.
Most Disappointing AL Team: Los Angeles Angels
For the second year in the row the team was the most promising but ended up being the most disappointing. Last year the Angeles were a respectable 89-73 and this year they were 78-84. The one and two starters Weaver and Wilson were 11-8 and 17-7, respectively, while Vargas was 9-8. Blanton started 20 games and went 2-14, while Williams went 9-10. But it wasn’t so much their pitching was it was with their offense. The teams batting average dropped 10 points, while all their major offensive statistics were down. Mike Trout was their only consistent player all year. Albert Pujols was lost for the season and ended his streak of 30 or more homeruns in an season. Trumbo went for power and his batting average suffered and his strikeouts soared. Does anyone know where Josh Hamilton went?
NL MVP: Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
Up until the time I started writing this I had Andrew McCutchen as the NL MVP. I really like the way he plays the game. But the more I looked at the stats and everything Freddie Freeman stood out. He also improved dramatically from 2012. He was 3rd in batting average, 3rd in RBI’s, 7th in hits and tied for 10th in runs while improving his batting average from .259 to .319. He was the key ingredient for the Braves to finish in first place 10 games ahead of the Washington Nationals.
NL CY Young: Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
There was competition for this award as Jordan Zimmerann had a good year. So to did Kershaw, Lirano, Greinke and De La Rosa, but it was the thick of the pennant race with the Reds and the Pirates, where Adam stood head and shoulders above the rest. He was 19-9 with a 2.94 with a whip of 1.07.
NL Rookie of the Year: Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
I would like to think that with the arrival of Puig is when the Dodgers started turning the corner (yeah I know having Ramirez back helped too). His exciting enthusiasm was contagious. He was third in rookie batting average .319, 8th in Rbi’s with 42, 3rd in homeruns with 19, 4th in hits with 122 and 1st in runs with 66. So you see he really does deserve this award.
NL Manager of the Year: Fredi Gonzalez Atlanta Braves
Fredi guided the Braves to an easy Division title as the team finished 10 games ahead of the Washington National (the preseason favorite to win the World Series). Led by pitcher Julio Teheran (14-8), 4 of the five Braves starters had 10 or more wins. Braves also had clutch hitting when they needed it. It also doesn’t hurt to have Craig Kimbrel as your reliever (50 saves).
Most Disappointing NL Team: Washington Nationals
After leading the Major Leagues with a 98-64 record and first place in the National League East Division, the National’s fell to 86-76 and 10 games out of first place. Strasburg had an off year at 8-9, Gonzalez was no where near last year at 11-8 and Dan Haren finish at 10-14. The only pitcher who stood out was Jordan Zimmerman at 19-9. The team lacked offense as their batting average dropped 10 points, homeruns fell from 194 to 161 and run production fell from 731 to 656.