Play-By-Playmate: MLB at the Half

By Jaime Edmondson

We're a little way past baseball's halfway point and Jaime has revised her choices for the game's top awards.

Okay, I reviewed my choices from the quarterly baseball report and, needless to say, I’ve got some revisions. Not saying I was wrong (I’m never wrong) but baseball has changed and so have my choices. I will remind you again, before you get all up in arms defending your team’s honor and whatnot, that these choices are based on if the season ended today. As in, if the season ended today, the winner of the AL MVP would be…

The American League

Miguel Cabrera. Miggy leads the AL in batting average (.353), the majors in RBIs (83) and is top eight in three other offensive stat categories. The last time we checked in on the majors, I had Josh Hamilton as the MVP and the Tigers were in serious trouble, but thanks to Miggy, one of the teams destined to tank in May is humming right along in July.

AL Cy Young: This might be a point of contention for some of you out there, but I gotta go with my guy, David Price. He’s won his last six starts, he’s tied for a major league best 14 wins and he’s got a 2.57 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 130 strikeouts in 133 innings or work. I know some people will say, “What about Jered Weaver?” Well, Weaver’s got one fewer win and 50 fewerstrikeouts. It’s close, but I’m calling it for DP. 

AL ROY: All I can say is, Yu who? Darvish was devilish for the first few months, but the workload is piling up now and there is a new fish in the sea: Mike Trout. I like this guy. His numbers speak for themselves: he’s third in average, first in runs, first in stolen bases, top eight in OBP and slugging and is a mere 20 years old. Barring disaster, he’s a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year.

The National League

NL MVP: I’d like to take this time to clarify a discrepancy in numbers. I consider Andrew McCutchen to be second in home runs in the NL with 22, not third, which is what MLB says. The reason for this is that I consider all numbers put up by Ryan Braun to be null and void, with no exceptions. And with him out of the picture McCutchen is a clear MVP with a ridiculous .368 batting average, 22 home runs, the best slugging percentage in the league and second in both OBP and OPS. The only guy that’s going to give him a run for his money might be Votto. 

NL Cy Young: Here is an example of how quickly things change. In the last quarterly report I had Brandon Beachy. Beachy is currently out for the season with Tommy John, and in his place? Drumroll please…R.A. Dickey. Dickey is 37. He leads the NL in wins, complete games and shutouts, is second in strikeouts and throws on average about 80 miles per hour. Dickey deserves this after being snubbed from starting the All-Star Game because their catcher couldn’t catch a knuckleball. An All-Star catcher…couldn’t catch.

NL ROY: Does it matter what I say here? The MLB is going to choose Bryce Harper. Harper, Harper, Harper. That’s all we ever hear about. It’s the Te-Blow syndrome all over again. Bryce Harper could have a batting average under .100 and they’d still find a way to give him this award. They found a way to get him into the All-Star Game despite no representation from the Marlins, so why not? Bryce Harper for Rookie of the Year, I guess. 

So that’s a wrap. The MLB at the half.


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