I miss baseball, I need baseball. Without baseball, I feel lost. They streched these awards out over the whole month, but let’s get it over with. Here is who WILL win each award.
American League Manager of the Year
Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox
A little over 12 months ago, Cora was named Manager of the Boston Red Sox. In those 12 months, Cora took them from a good team to an amazing team. The Red Sox were an unprecedented 108-54 and sat on top of the American League East by 8 games. They improved by 20+ wins this season, which honestly is shocking considering all they added was JD Martinez. They only lost 3 games in a row once, in April. They have a +229 run differential, which is second only to Houston. They have the fourth best ERA in the league as well. All of this has occurred under Cora, who, oh yeah, is in his first year of being a head coach, EVER. Completely unprecedented and he deserves the Manager of the Year. Not to mention that he won the World Series in his first year.
**Cora and Aaron Boone (Yankees) made history by becoming the first, first time head coaches to win 100 games in their first season.
National League Manager of the Year
Brian Snitker, Atlanta Braves
Snitker has been with the Braves since 2016, but first only on an interim basis. When he finally was awarded the full-time position of head coach, he took advantage of it. With the Braves clinching the NL East and having 90 wins. The Braves are a very entertaining team to watch, especially with their rookie success. He led the Braves to their first postseason appearance since 2013. With tons of prospects still in their organization, Snitker has killed it and I believe the Braves will continue their success into the future. It all started with his hiring.
American League Rookie of the Year
Miguel Andújar, New York Yankees
The Yankees spent all off season debating whether or not to get Manny Machado or someone for third base. Little did they know, all they needed was Brandon Drury to get hurt which would force them to call up a little guy named Miguel. In his time in New York, he has 47 doubles, 27 home runs, 92 RBI’s, 83 runs, and is batting .297 with a .527 slugging percentage. Andújar broke Joe DiMaggio’s rookie record with 47 doubles which is 2 more than DiMaggio. Quite the company he is in. You could argue Torres should win this award, but Andújar has made more of an impact, in a position where the Yankees had nobody whatsoever.
National League Rookie of the Year
Ronald Acuña Jr, Atlanta Braves
Acuña has been on a tear all season long. He has a .293 average, 26 HR, 25 doubles, 78 runs, 64 RBI’s 16 stolen bases, and a .917 OPS. Acuña has led his Braves team to a NL East victory and they’re just exciting to watch. Although this team won’t go far in the postseason, look for Acuña and the Braves to make some noise in the next few years.
American League Cy Young
Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays
Blake Snell has been a bright spot for the Rays. He’s posted a 21-5 record, an AL leading 1.89 ERA, 221 strikeouts, all in 180.2 innings. He is the most consistent starter but has yet to reach 200 innings due to a cap put on by the Rays. His 21 wins are a franchise record. Opponents have a .178 batting average against him. Of his first 30 starts, 19 of those were quality starts. In his first 30 starts, he only allowed 3 or more runs, 5 times. Snell ran away with this award and it isn’t even close.
National League Cy Young
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
His record doesn’t show it, but deGrom is so much better than his 10-9. During his first 31 starts, he had 28 quality starts, including a record setting 23 consecutive. A quality start is determined by completing 6 innings, giving up 3 or fewer runs. That alone should win him the Cy Young. With one start remaining, deGrom has a 1.70 ERA and ranked second in the NL in innings pitched with 217. He has the third best WAR (wins above replacement) with a 9.6, only lower than Betts and Trout. He has struck out 269 batters this season and only has allowed 48 runs (41 of them earned). An interesting fact, he has never given up more than four runs in a start. In fact, he has only given up four runs once. If the Mets had scored 4 runs in every start he pitched, he’d be 31-0. If the Mets were at least halfway decent, this year would be considered one of the best ever. Just give him the Cy Young. Right now.
American League MVP
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
Betts has had an incredible year, by far his best year (steroids???). He has a league best .346 batting average and is the best right fielder in the game (behind a healthy Aaron Judge). He leads the majors in batting average, extra base hits (84) and runs scored (129). He ranks second in OPS (1.078), third in doubles (47) and got into the 30/30 club with 30 HRs and 30 stolen bases. Wild. He has propelled the Red Sox to a club best 108 wins. The only other option would be Mike Trout, but Betts has run away with it due to his health and never slowing down.
National League MVP
Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
Two weeks ago, this race was still a race but Yelich has put it to bed. Yelich leads in the NL in batting average (.323), slugging percentage (.596), OPS (.997), and was 10-24 in the last week including four doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight runs, and 11RBI’s. Yelich became the 3rd player ever to hit for 2 cycles in the same season. In fact, they were within 20 days of each other. He also became the first player ever to hit 2 cycles in the same season against the same team, the Cincinnati Reds. Yelich is absolutely insane, and if he does not win the MVP, I will be irate.
Teammate of the Year
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
This story is insane. Within his contract, CC could earn $500,000 if he had reached 155 innings pitched. First, money doesn’t mean much to the big guy considering he signed a 10 year, 252 million dollar contract 11 years ago. Heading into the 6th inning in Tampa last week, he was pitching a scoreless game, with an 11-run lead. Manager Aaron Boone allowed him to stay in, but then CC did what most people would not. After Austin Romine, the Yankees backup catcher, was thrown at by the Rays, CC came to the mound and hit their catcher getting him ejected immediately. Upon his exit, CC grabbed his dick and said, “that’s for you…bitch.” You have to love CC for that. That’s why he’s so special.
The Way Too Early Bold Prediction for 2019
The Cincinnati Reds will make the postseason. The Reds are a very young team with amazing talent. Their hitting alone, has put them in a place of their own. They are 2nd in grand slams this year, behind only the Red Sox. They are first in grand slams by pitchers, thanks to Michael Lorenzen. They have a top 5 batter in batting average, Scooter Gennett, who is hitting .315 with 23HR’s and 92RBI’s. They have Eugenio Suarez who is hitting .282 with 32HR’s and 101RBI’s, oh and he missed a month due to injury. They have Joey Votto, who is hitting .284 and is nothing but consistent. Their pitching is improving, with Matt Harvey, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, Amir Garrett, Michael Lorenzen, and Raisel Iglesias. And they have a ton more talent with the likes of José Peraza, Dilson Herrera, Phillip Ervin, and the 8th best farm system in the MLB (according to mlb.com). Expect the Reds to call up Hunter Greene and Nick Senzel within the first few weeks, and the Reds will go far. I predict the Reds will win the World Series by 2021.