2012 MLB Awards Predictions

The 2012 MLB season is over and it is time to predict the winners of the major awards in baseball! Most of the awards are very hard to predict because they’re all that tough. The NL and AL Cy Young, and NL and AL MVP are all so close to call.

In the NL MVP race, you have Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Yadier Molina of the St.Louis Cardinals, and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates all vying for the award. Braun is the reigning NL MVP who is having an even better season this year with a 40/30 season under his belt. Posey has come back from that scary broken ankle in 2011 to have an insane year and tremendous second half to get him in the NL MVP race. Those two are the top guys for the NL MVP it seems.

In the AL MVP race, it’s down to two guys and boy this conversation has gone on for about two months now. This will go down as one of the greatest MVP debates in recent memory. The top two guys in conversation for the award are Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and superstar rookie sensation Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout has had an amazing season after coming up on April 28th. The Angels were 6-14 on April 28th, and have been 83-59 since his call up. He’s the first player in league history to hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs. That’s an amazing feat considering he did it by missing the first month of the season. And oh by the way, he’s well in the conversation of winning a gold glove for his great defense in center field. Miguel Cabrera though won the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski won it in 1967. It’s been 45 years since we’ve seen a triple crown winner. It’s a once in a lifetime thing that we’ve witnessed, but still, Trout is forcing this to be an amazing AL MVP debate.

In the NL CY Young race, it’s down to R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets, Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds, and closer Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves. Some will say closers shouldn’t be allowed but Kimbrel has had a remarkable season as a closer. He’s saved 42 games, with a 1.02 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 113 strikeouts, and averaged 16.5 strike outs per nine innings. On the other hand R.A. Dickey went 20-6, with a 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and struck out 230 batters with a horrible offense behind him in the Mets. What’s more incredible is he has a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio as he walked 54 batters to those 230 strikeouts. A 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio is amazing for a knuckleballer. Those are the two main guys in the NL CY Young race, so it’ll be very interesting to see who wins the award.

In the AL CY Young race, it’s down to Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. All three of them have numbers close to each other in every category, so it’s really going to go down to the wire in this race.

Here is my ballot, and don’t forget to vote on the pools as well!

AL MVP:
1.Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET: .330 AVG, 44 HR’s, 139 RBI’s, 109 Runs, .394 OBP, .608 SLUG, 1.002 OPS, 167 OPS+, 6.9 WAR, 205 Hits, 40 Doubles, 4 SB’s.
2.Mike Trout, CF, LAA: .324 AVG, 30 HR’s, 83 RBI’s, 129 Runs, .397 OBP, .561 SLUG, .958 OPS, 169 OPS+, 10.7 WAR, 180 Hits, 26 Doubles, 8 Triples, 49 SB’s.
3.Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX: .318 AVG, 36 HR’s, 101 RBI’s, 95 Runs, .356 OBP, .560 SLUG, .916 OPS, 135 OPS+, 6.6 WAR, 191 Hits, 33 Doubles, 2 Triples, 1 SB.
4.Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX: .285 AVG, 43 HR’s, 128 RBI’s, 102 Runs, .355 OBP, .580 SLUG, .935 OPS, 140 OPS+, 3.5 WAR, 159 Hits, 31 Doubles, 2 Triples, 7 SB’s.
5.Prince Fielder, 1B, DET: .312 AVG, 30 HR’s, 108 RBI’s, 83 Runs, .410 OBP, .528 SLUG, .938 OPS, 153 OPS+, 4.4 WAR, 181 Hits, 33 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 SB.
Honorable Mentions: Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY / Derek Jeter, SS, NYY / Adam Jones, CF, BAL / Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK / Alex Rios, OF, CHW / Austin Jackson, CF, DET / Edwin Encarnarcion, 1B, TOR.

AL CY Young:
1.Justin Verlander, SP, DET: 17-8, 2.64 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 239 K’s, 6 CG’s, 1 SHO, 158 ERA+, 238.1 IP.
2.David Price, SP, TB: 20-5, 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 205 K’s, 2 CG’s, 1 SHO, 149 ERA+, 211.0 IP.
3.Jered Weaver, SP, LAA: 20-4, 2.73 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 141 K’s, 3 CG’s, 2 SHO’s, 138 ERA+, 187.2 IP.
Honorable Mentions: Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners / Chris Sale, SP, Chicago Whitesox / Fernando Rodney, RP, Tampa Bay Rays / Jim Johnson, RP, Baltimore Orioles.

AL Rookie Of The Year:
1.Mike Trout, CF, LAA: .324 AVG, 30 HR’s, 83 RBI’s, 129 Runs, .397 OBP, .561 SLUG, .958 OPS, 169 OPS+, 10.7 WAR, 180 Hits, 26 Doubles, 8 Triples, 49 SB’s.
2.Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK: .291 AVG, 23 HR’s, 82 RBI’s, 69 Runs, .353 OBP, .506 SLUG, .859 OPS, 136 OPS+, 3.2 WAR, 141 Hits, 25 Doubles, 5 Triples, 16 SB’s.
3.Chris Sale, SP, Chicago Whitesox: 17-8, 3.05 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 192 K’s, 1 CG, 142 ERA+, 192.0 IP.
Honorable Mentions: Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers / Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays / Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Redsox / Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles / Jarrod Parker, SP, Oakland A’s / Ryan Cook, RP, Oakland A’s.

AL Manager Of The Year:
1.Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles: 93-69
2.Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics: 94-68
3.Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers: 88-74
Honorable Mentions: Joe Girardi, New York Yankees: 95-67 /Robin Ventura, Chicago Whitesox: 85-77

AL Comeback Player Of The Year:
1.Adam Dunn, DH, Chicago Whitesox: .204 AVG, 41 HR’s, 96 RBI’s, 87 Runs, .333 OBP, .468 SLUG, .801 OPS, 112 OPS+, 1.0 WAR, 110 Hits, 19 Doubles, 2 SB’s.
Honorable Mentions: Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins / Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago Whitesox .

NL MVP:
1.Ryan Braun, LF, Milwaukee Brewers: .320 AVG, 41 HR’s, 112 RBI’s, 107 Runs, .392 OBP, .598 SLUG, .990 OPS, 160 OPS+, 7.0 WAR, 190 Hits, 36 Doubles, 3 Triples, 30 SB’s.
2.Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants: .337 AVG, 24 HR’s, 102 RBI’s, 78 Runs, .410 OBP, .551 SLUG, .961 OPS, 173 OPS+, 7.2 WAR, 178 Hits, 39 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 SB.
3.Andrew McCutchen, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates: .327 AVG, 31 HR’s, 96 RBI’s, 107 Runs, .400 OBP, .554 SLUG, .954 OPS, 164 OPS+, 7.1 WAR, 193 Hits, 29 Doubles, 6 Triples, 20 SB’s.
4.Yadier Molina, C, St.Louis Cardinals: .315 AVG, 22 HR’s, 76 RBI’s, 65 Runs, .373 OBP, .501 SLUG, .874 OPS, 137 OPS+, 6.9 WAR, 159 Hits, 28 Doubles, 12 SB’s.
5.Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals: .271 AVG, 33 HR’s, 100 RBI’s, 76 Runs, .343 OBP, .510 SLUG, .853 OPS, 128 OPS+, 3.9 WAR, 155 Hits, 35 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 SB.
Honorable Mentions: Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego Padres / David Wright, 3B, New York Mets / Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers / Matt Holliday, LF, St.Louis Cardinals / Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals / Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Miami Marlins.

NL CY Young:
1.R.A. Dickey, SP, New York Mets: 20-6, 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 230 K’s, 5 CG’s, 3 SHO’s, 139 ERA+, 233.2 IP.
2.Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: 14-9, 2.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 229 K’s, 2 CG’s, 2 SHO’s, 147 ERA+, 227.2 IP.
3.Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals: 21-8, 2.89 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 207 K’s, 2 CG’s, 1 SHO, 137 ERA+, 199.1 IP.
Honorable Mentions: Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds / Matt Cain, SP, San Francisco Giants / Craig Kimbrel, RP, Atlanta Braves / Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds.

NL Rookie Of The Year:
1.Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: .270 AVG, 22 HR’s, 59 RBI’s, 97 Runs, .340 OBP, .477 SLUG, .817 OPS, 119 OPS+, 5.0 WAR, 144 Hits, 26 Doubles, 9 Triples, 18 SB’s.
2.Wade Miley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks: 16-11, 3.33 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 144 K’s, 125 ERA+, 194.2 IP.
3.Todd Frazier, U, Cincinnati Reds: .273, 19 HR’s, 67 RBI’s, .332 OBP, .499 SLUG, .831 OPS, 116 OPS+, 1.9 WAR, 115 Hits, 26 Doubles, 6 Triples, 3 SB’s.
Honorable Mentions: Mark Fiers, SP, Milwaukee Brewers / Norichika Aoki, OF, Milwaukee Brewers / Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets / Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs.

NL Manager Of The Year:
1.Davey Johnson, Washington Nationals: 98-64
2.Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds: 97-65
3.Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants: 94-68
Honorable Mentions: Mike Matheny, St.Louis Cardinals: 88-74 / Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves: 94-68 / Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers: 86-76.

NL Comeback Player Of The Year:
1.Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants:  .337 AVG, 24 HR’s, 102 RBI’s, 78 Runs, .410 OBP, .551 SLUG, .961 OPS, 173 OPS+, 7.2 WAR, 178 Hits, 39 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 SB.
Honorable Mentions: David Wright, 3B, New York Mets / Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets / Adam Wainwright, SP, St.Louis Cardinals / Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s