We are almost at the half way point of the 2017 MLB season so that means it’s time to give the midseason awards away now. Although it is still only the halfway point I’m willing to give the “hot take” that no award winner from the 2016 season will win any awards in 2017. Lets get right to it then.
American League – Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge is having not only one of the best rookie seasons of all time, but also one of the most impressive seasons for any player of all time. He leads the American League in HR, RBI, BA, OBP, Runs, BB, OPS, and slugging percentage. What is even more impressive is that Judge is the only player in the American League with an OBP over .400, a slugging percentage over .600, and an OPS over 1.00, which he currently has a 1.136. The guy has been taking the league by storm and he has not shown any signs of slowing down. Judge has shown the ability to work the count and not be afraid to hit with two strikes. It truly is a shame that Mike Trout got hurt because the battle they would be having for MVP would be historic. Two young superstars with the ability to hit the ball out of the park, hit for average, and play phenomenal defense is a baseball fan’s dream. As long as Judge stays healthy he will run away with MVP. The only question about his season will be if he can become the eleventh American League triple crown winner.
Honorable mentions- Mike Trout and Jose Altuve
National League – Paul Goldschmidt
The National League MVP on the other hand is a tight race. With Bryce Harper having an excellent bounce back year and another rookie out in LA named Cody Bellinger, it could be anyone’s name announced as the winner at the end of the year. Paul Goldschmidt gets the nod from me because this debate goes back to MOST VALUABLE to me. Goldschmidt is the only starter on his team with a batting average over .300, over 50 runs scored, or having recorded more than 80 hits. He even leads the team in stolen bases, walks, HR, and RBI. Goldschmidt is simply the most valuable player to me because without him the Diamondbacks are certainly not 49-28. They would not have a 9.5 game lead over the cubs either. This can all change for sure but at the halfway point Paul Goldschmidt is top ten in runs, hits, HR, RBI, BA, SB, BB, OBP, slugging, and OPS for the National League.
Honorable mentions- Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger, and Ryan Zimmerman
Rookie of the year
American League- Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge is your AL ROY and its not even close. Next topic.
National League- Cody Bellinger
Cody Bellinger is your National League ROY and once again it’s not. Just give both Bellinger and Judge the trophies now and lets move on.
American League- Ervin Santana
With health problems hurting Dallas Keuchel’s chances with each start he misses, Ervin Santana is a surprise for even being mentioned as a CY young this year. The Twins starter currently holds a 1.05 WHIP with a 10-4 record, as well as an ERA of 2.80. Although his ERA is a little higher than other candidates; he is second in innings pitched, has the most complete games in the league, and has the lowest BAA in the entire league as well. Of all the awards this is the one where I can see someone losing it when it is all said and done, but as of right now you have to give credit when credit is due.
Honorable mentions- Jason Vargas, Dallas Keuchel, and Chris Sale
National League- Clayton Kershaw
National League CY Young is one of the hardest awards to pick. It comes down to Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw gets the nod for one reason and one reason only. It is because of the teams he has to pitch against. Let me be clear, I know players have zero control over the opponents they have to pitch against. However, with that being said take a look at the schedules and try to tell me Scherzer’s stats are not just a bit inflated. He has faced the Phillies and Marlins each one time, the Braves twice, and the Mets three times. Whereas Kershaw has faced the Rockies four times already as well as going against the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Indians, and Cubs. Scherzer has had a phenomenal season, but when it comes to an award like this you sometimes have to split hairs to pick a winner. That is the case here. Both are deserving, but Kershaw is just a bit more.