These are my picks for the major MLB Awards for 2015. I will not be doing Hank Aaron, Silver Slugger, Roberto Clemente, or Gold Glove Awards.
NL MVP: RHP Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
Arrieta has been totally untouchable and has launched the Cubs into the postseason, he has a 0.41 ERA since August and a 0.75 ERA since the All Star Break. The reason I give him the nod over Harper is simple; one is in the postseason and the other is not. Arrieta has put together a season like nobody has in a very long time.
Final Stats: 22-6, 1.77 ERA, 4 CG, 3 SO, 236 Ks. Oh, and add a No Hitter to that as well.
NL Cy Young: RHP Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
For the reasons mentioned above. Greinke and Kershaw made this really tough on me, Kershaw’s slow start puts him in 3rd but I won’t argue if you give it to Greinke.
AL MVP: OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
This is very hypocritical of me because I just left Harper off for not being in the playoffs. However; the Angels missed the playoffs by one game in a MUCH stronger division with 2 playoff teams. Trout is the best player in Major League Baseball. Plain and simple. Josh Donaldson misses out by about .002 on his batting average.
Final Stats: .299 Avg, 41 HRs, 32 2Bs, 90 RBIs, 11 SBs.
AL Cy Young: RHP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
Keuchel was unstoppable at home this year: 15-0 , 1.46 ERA, .186 OP BA and only 4 Home Runs allowed. Keuchel is the main cog in this surprising Houston team who is playing New York tomorrow for a playoff spot. Never would have predicted that.
Final Stats: 20-8, 2.48 ERA, 2 SO, 225 Ks.
NL ROY: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
If you have any argument against this, take a seat.
Final Stats: .275, 26 HRs, 99 RBI, 13 SB
AL ROY: Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
The former #1 overall pick has made amazing strides since his mid-season callup. Excellent player and future star.
Final Stats: .279, 22 HRs, 68 RBIs, 14 SB in only 387 ABs.
NL Manager Of The Year: Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves
Just kidding guys, it’s a toss up between Mike Matheny and Joe Maddon, but I gotta give the edge to Matheny for his work with the Cardinals, 100 wins is always impressive.
AL Manager Of The Year: AJ Hinch, Houston Astros
Houston raking in the awards. Not much discussion here, took a team from a 50-60 win club to a playoff berth. Nice work.
Comeback Player Of The Year: Kendrys Morales, Kansas City Royals
No, I’m not giving this award to A-Roid. Teixeira had a good year, but Kendrys is a valuable piece to my World Series favorite. Clear cut choice.
Final Stats: .291, 22 HRs, 41 2Bs, 106 RBIs, 58 BBs
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