As the Major League Baseball season cruises into it’s unofficial midpoint, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate the fine individual work of some of baseball’s elite.
We’re not going to bore you with trying to suss out the Gold Glove winners, seeing as how it’s essentially a joke award and all, so for today let’s just discuss who we think should be lifting the MVP and Cy Young award’s for each league. Sounds like fun, right? No? Well… Go read something else then. Today, we’ll take a look at the American League.
Editor’s Note: All statistics as of 7/7/17
AL Cy Young
This is the most widen open group of any of the categories we’re going to cover. The group has a front runner, but right now no less than about four different AL starters have a legitimate shot to land the ALCY.
The Front Runner:
Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox
11-4 record, 127.2, 2.75 ERA, .900 WHIP, 178 K, 3.9 WAR
While some others in the Boston rotation have struggled, Sale has performed like the ace the Red Sox paid for when they acquired him from the White Sox. Without some issues they’ve had scoring runs in his starts, his record would be even better.
The Other Contenders:
Jason Vargas – Kansas City Royals
12-3 record, 106.1 IP, 2.62 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, 78 K, 4.1 WAR
Vargas is enjoying a resurgent season and his numbers are great… But can he sustain this pace? It’ll need to be seen to be believed. For now though, he’s in the thick of it as the Royals have been hot over the past month and are in the hunt for an AL Wild Card birth.
Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
9-0 record, 75.2 IP, 1.67 ERA, .872 WHIP, 69 K, 3.4 WAR
After a down 2016 season, Keuchel has come back on in a big way in 2017. He’s probably been the best pitcher in the AL, but much like Alex Wood in the NL, his total number of starts so far is holding him back a bit as he missed a handful of games due to injury. He still has an excellent chance to take home the hardware if he remains healthy through the end of he season.
Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
7-2 record, 88.1 IP. 2.85 ERA, .974 WHIP, 115 K, 3.4 WAR
Like Keuchel, Kluber missed a few starts from a stint on the DL. He had a bit of a rough start to the season too, but has come on like wildfire recently and will be a huge part of the Indians push to return to the postseason. He too has an excellent shot at the ALCY if he remains healthy and the Indians continue to win. His K/IP ratio is crazy.
Others In The Hunt:
Ervin Santana – Minnesota Twins
Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians
Lance McCullers – Houston Astros
Someone is running away and hiding with this award, and I think we all probably know who. Fresh off his dominating victory in the Home Run Derby…
The Front Runner:
Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
.331 average, 29 HR, 65 RBI, .449 OBP, 1.145 OPS, 5.2 WAR
I mean… There’s no doubt really, right? Short of a catastrophic injury, Aaron Judge is going to win every award that he’s eligible for really. He’s taken the AL by storm this season and the big man also has an excellent shot at the AL Triple Crown.
The Other Contenders:
George Springer – Houston Astros
.298 average, 25 HR, 55 RBI, .372 OBP, .960 OPS, 3.6 WAR
This is a battle for second place, but that doesn’t take anything away from the season Springer is having. He has 55 RBI in just a little over half the season, and he’s Houston’s lead off hitter. That’s just craziness.
Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
.338 average, 12 HR, 47 RBI, .408 OBP, .946 OPS, 4.4 WAR
Good lord is the Astros offense good. Altuve already has plenty of hardware on his shelf and he’s having another excellent season. Have the #1 and #2 hitters in the same order both ever been MVP candidates in the same season?
Other In The Hunt:
Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians
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