MLB Midseason Awards (National League)
As the All-Star break rapidly approaches, I thought it was time for some midseason awards. I’ll go over my picks for the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards in the National League.
MVP – Matt Kemp (Center Fielder/Los Angeles Dodgers)
Kemp is having a phenomenal year thus far. He leads the National League in slugging percentage, total bases, home runs, and extra base hits. He also places second in the N.L. in runs batted in and batting average. Most impressively is the historic pace Kemp is on. He currently has 22 home runs and 22 stolen bases through 82 games this season. If he keeps up that pace then he would be only the fifth player in MLB history to join the 40-40 club, 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.
In the Running – Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes
Cy Young – Roy Halladay (Starting Pitcher/Philadelphia Phillies)
Halladay hasn’t been flashy, but he’s been insanely consistent. He leads the league in wins with ten as well as in complete games with five. Halladay also ranks first in innings pitched, second in strikeouts, and has a sparkling 2.40 earned run average. He sports a league high 7.7:1 strikeout to walks ratio as well as a dazzling 1.029 WHIP.
In the Running – Jiar Jurrjens, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels
Rookie – Dillon Gee (Starting Pitcher/New York Mets)
Gee has been a welcome surprise to the New York Mets starting rotation so far this season, sporting a flawless 7-0 record as a starter. Gee leads all rookie starters in wins and leads the National League in ERA for rookies. Gee also has a very efficient 2:1 strikeouts to walks ratio, a fantastic 1.18 WHIP, and a batting average against of only .217.
In the Running – Craig Kimbrel, Josh Collmenter, Darwin Barney, Danny Espinosa, Brandon Beachy