Now that the baseball season is half-over it is time to look at who is in the lead for the biggest awards of the baseball season.
American League Rookie of the Year
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox – Pedroia had an awful start to the season and has batted over .400 since his slump ended in early May. Pedroia has been incredible and has been amazing on defense for the Red Sox. Pedroia is batting .318 with 3 home runs and 25 RBIs. While he doesn’t have the power numbers his defensive abilities and importance to a first-place team put him over the top in a very close race. This race will be down to the wire all year long. Reggie Willits is also coming on strong for this award.
National League Rookie of the Year
Hunter Pence, Houston Astros – Hunter Pence has been incredible in his first season with the Houston Astros. He has been invaluable to the Astros and has hit all over their lineup. Pence leads all NL rookies in average (.341), doubles (21), triples (5), extra-base hits (36), on-base percentage (.374) and slugging percentage (.598). He will run away with the NL rookie of the year award if he keeps up these numbers. How Pence was not an all-star is beyond me.
American League Cy Young Award
Dan Haren has not come back down to earth yet and his brilliant season is continuing. Haren also started the All-Star game for the AL. Haren is 10-3 with a 2.30 ERA. He has been amazing and will far and away be the winner of the award if he can have the same kind of second-half as he did first-half.
National League Cy Young Award
Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres – Peavy has been spectacular this season and has been almost unhittable. He is 9-3 with a 2.19 ERA and leads the league in strikeouts with 125. Peavy was also the NL starter for the All-Star game. Peavy will probably win this award at the end of the season if he keeps up what he has been doing, but it could be a great race to the finish.
American League Most Valuable Player
Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers – Ordonez is having the best season of his career and the real question is whether he can keep it up or not. So far Ordonez is leading the league with a .367 average and a .446 on-base percentage. He also has 70 RBIs and 13 home runs. If Ordonez could hit the ball out of the park more often he could be in the running for the triple crown. Ordonez’s hot start has meant a lot to the success of the Tigers, who are relying a lot on offense with their bullpen in trouble. So far Ordonez deserves the award, but if his numbers and contributions slip, Rodriguez could easily replace him.
National League Most Valuable Player
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers – Like the Brewers, Prince Fielder is having a season that no one quite saw coming. The Brewers are in first place and Fielder is one of the biggest reasons why. He has somewhat quietly produced 29 home runs on the year with a .284 average and 70 RBIs. Fielder is a big part of the resurgence in Milwaukee and he deserves the award for his great season so far. Howard won the award last year and now another young player will follow him.