MLB – Mid-Season Award Winners – NL Edition

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 start with the National League.

Editor’s Note: All statistics as of 7/7/17

 

NL Cy Young

As of this writing, this seems like a three horse race between two insanely predictable candidates, and one horse who before this season was so dark he had been jettisoned to his club’s bullpen.

The Front Runner:

Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals

10-5 record, 120.2 IP, 1.94 ERA, .771 WHIP, 163 K, 4.9 WAR

Scherzer is already a two time winner, having also taken home the ALCY in 2013 for the Tigers and in 2016 for the Nationals. At the All-Star break, he’s the odds on favorite to take home the hardware again.

 

The Other Contenders: 

Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

13-2 record, 123.1 IP, 2.19 ERA, .892 WHIP, 146 K, 3.8 WAR

Kershaw has already taken home the NLCY three times in his career (2011, 2013 and 2014) and has for the most part been vintage Clayton in 2017. He’s just really, really good at pitching a baseball and will likely nip at Scherzer’s heels until the bitter end.

Alex Wood – Los Angeles Dodgers

10-0 record, 80.2 IP, 1.67 ERA, .893 WHIP, 97 K, 2.7 WAR

Alex Wood started the season in the Dodgers bullpen, but made his way back into the rotation and has been a man on fire ever since. His lesser number of starts is the only thing keeping him from being right there with Scherzer and Kershaw.

 

Others In The Hunt: 

Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks

 

NL MVP

The NL is a first baseman’s league and it shows in the race for the league’s MVP honors. Early on it looked as though Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman would be in this discussion, bringing the first baseman involved up to three. But alas, he missed about seven weeks due to injury so this is trimmed down to a three horse race with two of the contenders manning first base.

The Front Runner: 

Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

.314 average, 19 HR, 66 RBI, .431 OBP, 1.009 OPS, 4.2 WAR

Goldy has been one of the best players in the NL and really in all of baseball for a while, but his DBacks are one of the surprise stories of the baseball season and he’s leading the charge. Right now, we’re giving him the nod.

 

The Other Contenders: 

Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

.316 average, 24 HR, 62 RBI, .429 OBP, 1.050 OPS, 4.1 WAR

As you can see, statistically, the margin between Votto and Goldy is razor thin. So what breaks the tie for Goldschmidt? For us, it’s a couple of things. At this stage in their career. Goldy is the superior defender and athlete and, well, his team is really good and Votto’s is really bad.

Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

.323 average, 20 HR, 64 RBI, .429 OBP, 1.027 OPS, 3.4 WAR

Let’s be perfectly clear, any of these three guys (and probably a few others) have at least a marginal chance of taking home this award. Harper’s numbers are also very good and his team is very good, which gives him a great shot.

 

Other In The Hunt:

Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals

Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals

Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies

Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

 

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