- 07/08/2012, 10:08PM ET
Outlaw... said 07/08, 10:08 PM
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.
That new guy said 07/09, 12:55 PM
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.
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