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  • 07/08/2012, 10:08PM ET

First Half NL Awards

CuntryBlumpkin (305-247-64) vs That new guy (9-2-0)
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These aren't predictions of who will win the awards at the end of the season, it's if the season ended today, who should win the awards.


MVP- Andrew McCutchen- The Pirates are in first place, thanks in large part to Andrew McCutchen's dominating first half. He has the best batting average in the league, and has scored 62 runs and driven in 60. 122 runs accounted for already.


Cy Young- James McDonald- The ace of the first place Pirates. He was never a candidate to start the All Star game for some reason, but statistically he has been the best pitcher in the NL. 100 strikeouts to just 31 walks with a 2.37 ERA and .97 WHIP. He's top 5 in virtually every pitching stat in the NL.


Rookie of the Year- Wade Miley- He started the season in the bullpen, but moved to the rotation due to Collmenter's struggles, and he hasn't disappointed. With Kennedy underperforming and Hudson hurt, Miley has been a big reason why the Dbacks are in the NL West hunt. An ERA of around 3. He's been the best rookie so far.


Comeback POTY- David Wright- Terrible season last season. Poor performance and injuries. He's an MVP candidate this season.


Cy young- R.A. Dickey instead of James McDonald
Dickey is the ace of the Mets, who are surprisingly above .500 this year. He has a 2.40 era, only slightly worse than McDonald, and his WHIP is slightly better, at .93. He has 123 strikeouts to only 26 walks, a 4.73 SO/BB which is better than 3.23 for McDonald. Dickey has a better WAR at 3.6 as opposed to 2.8. He also has a 12-1 record, best in the league as opposed to a 9-3 record for McDonald.

Statistically the only edge McDonald has is a better ERA, but that is very slight. Every other stat shows Dickey to be superior, and Dickey is the right choice for Cy Young.

Dickey has been amazing, and without him the Mets would be below .500 and probably around where Miami is right now. He had been the best pitcher in the NL this year, and if the season was over now would be the Cy Young.


For some reason I thought Dickey's ERA had jumped higher than it was. Brain fart on my part. Good job. I can't argue that a slight advantage in ERA outweighs all of Dickey's advantages. You win.

July 8, 2012  10:18 PM ET

I'll get to this tomorrow morning, probably changing Cy, maybe RoY, and MVP

July 8, 2012  10:20 PM ET

Tim Lincecum is setting himself up for Comeback POTY next year....

July 8, 2012  10:21 PM ET
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Tim Lincecum is setting himself up for Comeback POTY next year....

I look for him to have a huge second half. He's too good to be bad an entire season. I'm hoping that's what happens with McCann.

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July 9, 2012  09:27 AM ET

The only change I have is Cy Young, you ok with just 1 or would you prefer I drop it?

July 9, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Uncalled for.

Agreed.

July 9, 2012  09:44 AM ET

It's a Homer comment, but I could make an argument for Lance Lynn over Miley.

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July 9, 2012  12:02 PM ET
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The only change I have is Cy Young, you ok with just 1 or would you prefer I drop it?

1 change is fine.

July 9, 2012  12:44 PM ET
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I have this sad suspicion that he might be done. Same with Roy Halladay. And not that they'll never be good again; just that their respective runs of Cy Young awards and overall dominance are over.Lincecum has more or less been the worst starter in MLB all season long. I'm worried about him the most.

Let me introduce my friends Jeremy Guthrie and Jamie Moyer.

July 9, 2012  12:48 PM ET

Outlaw, I don't think you can just add up runs scored and RBI's and call it runs created. He has what, 20 homers? You can't count the RBI for himself AND the run scored and say he created 2 runs on a solo homer. Maybe I'm looking too deep into the stats, but I'd say he's around 102 (which is still good and I still agree with him as the NL MVP)

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July 9, 2012  01:34 PM ET

Carlos Beltran for MVP

July 9, 2012  01:44 PM ET
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Carlos Beltran for MVP

Hahahaha silly goose.

July 9, 2012  02:13 PM ET
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Outlaw, I don't think you can just add up runs scored and RBI's and call it runs created. He has what, 20 homers? You can't count the RBI for himself AND the run scored and say he created 2 runs on a solo homer. Maybe I'm looking too deep into the stats, but I'd say he's around 102 (which is still good and I still agree with him as the NL MVP)

You're right. He's also only scored 58 runs, not 62.

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July 9, 2012  02:35 PM ET
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It's awesome to see Pirates players being named in these kinds of TDs.It's about friggin time.

YES, It is!!! :^)

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