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Right now we are at the 2 month mark of the MLB season. At this point we typically see all the players pan out and average out, where the people with super hot starts come back to earth, or where some get super hot and make a late push for the 2017 All Star Game in Miami. Let’s take a look who I have as my award winners this far:
AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Yes, Mike Trout is the AL MVP and hands down the best player in baseball. Unfortunately, he got injured on Sunday while sliding into 2nd on a stolen base and tore his UCL in his thumb. He opted to get surgery and is projected out for 6-8 weeks, but his stat line so far is nothing short of amazing. Trout is putting together the best season of his career with a slash line of .337/.461/.742. He is 2nd in the AL in home runs with 16, 6th in the AL in RBI, and has a WAR of 3.5 (according to fangraphs.com). His WAR, at this point of the season is 0.9 wins above the next qualified player (Aaron Judge). If Judge can keep up the pace that he is on while Mike Trout is on the DL, then I think the MVP would go to Judge. Overall, if Mike Trout stayed healthy he would unanimously be the AL MVP.
NL MVP: Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
Baseball fans better get used to the MVP winning between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Harper recently got suspended for 3 games (reduced from 4) for instigating a fight with San Francisco Giants RP Hunter Strickland, but this does not stop his case at all. Harper currently is tied for the NL lead in HR with 15, 6th in the NL with 41 RBI, and has walked an eye-popping 33 times. The NL MVP race is a tight race with not one person clearly pulling away with the award. Harper is walking at the 6th highest rate in the NL, and has a WAR of 2.5. This MVP race is still too close to call, but Harper and his consistency would make him have my vote.
AL Cy Young: Ervin Santana, SP, Minnesota Twins
If you told me on April 1st that Ervin Santana would be the best pitcher in baseball after 2 months, I would laugh at you and probably question your knowledge of baseball. Right now, Ervin Santana is tied for 2nd in the MLB in Wins, has the lowest ERA in the MLB at 1.75 (which is unheard of), has a WHIP of 0.84, and opposing hitters are hitting a solid .140 (sarcastic) against him. He also has 2 complete game shutouts under his belt this year, and that all pretty much wraps up his case for Cy Young. Dallas Keuchel does put up a good argument and would be my 2nd place guess with Chris Sale 3rd for Cy Young at the end of May.
NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals
Max Scherzer has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, not only this year but for the past 3 years. His stuff is disgusting and dirty. Although he does not have the best record at 5-3, his pitching has been outstanding. He currently has a 2.77 ERA through 10 games and leads the NL in strikeouts with 89. He is striking out batters at an astronomical rate of 33.3% and opponents are hitting .188 off of Mad Max and holds a WHIP of 0.94. Although Max has the ability to be better than the stats show at the moment, he holds my vote for the NL Cy Young award right now.
AL ROTY: Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
If Aaron Judge is not your rookie of the year at this point, than I want to hear the case against him. For qualified rookies in the MLB, he is 2nd in average (.323), 1st in HR (17), 1st in RBI (37), 2nd in OBP (.423), 1st in hits (54), and 1st in WAR (2.5). Not much more needs to be said for Aaron Judge and his case for the Rookie of the Year, but at this rate he needs to be the AL MVP as well.
NL Rookie of the Year: Cody Bellinger, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
To say the least, the NL Rookie of the Year award race is much closer than the AL. Much, much closer. There really has not been a standout for either pitching or hitting for rookies, but Cody Bellinger has the best case. Once being called up from AAA in April, he has had an instant impact in the Dodgers lineup. Although he is hitting .258 (which is alright for a rookie), he has belted 11 HR to lead NL Rookies. He has also driven is 29 runs while slugging .581 and getting on base at a .326 pace. He has definitely not blown away the race as it is still tight with WSH RP Koda Glover, COL SP Anthony Senzatela, and SD OF Manuel Margot coming up close behind.
AL Reliever of the Year: Craig Kimbrel, CP, Boston Red Sox
After a rough year last year dealing with injuries and control, his first season in Boston was one to forget. Through the first 2 months Kimbrel was able to bounce back to become the best reliever in the AL. He has only blown one save on the year going 13/14, given up an amazing 6 HITS in 23 innings and walking only 3 batters! His ERA is out of the world low at 0.78. When not starting off the innings and Kimbrel comes in in relief, he has inherited 6 runners, and none of them have scored. If Kimbrel keeps this up I think he then has a legitimate case for the AL Cy Young award.
NL Reliever of the Year: Greg Holland, CP, Colorado Rockies
After not playing during the 2016 season, Greg Holland has come back and continued to do what he did with the Kansas City Royals: Not give up runs and save games. In the 21 games that Greg Holland has appeared in, he has converted 19 saves in 19 opportunities (one of two players who has 100.0 SV % above 10 save opportunities). He has been lights out for the Rockies striking out 28 batters in 19.2 innings pitched and given only 1 HR during that time. He has been a huge part of the Rockies success this season, and if the Rockies want to continue to stay this hot and make a run in the playoffs, Greg Holland is a massive part of the picture holding down the back end of the bullpen.
Feel free to give me your thoughts and who you have as your award winners at this time on twitter @troutpls