Handing out First-Half Awards to Boston Red Sox Players
The Boston Red Sox have the best record in the AL at 50-34. They've done it with pitching and offense throughout the season, including seven walk-off wins, which is the most in the AL. But does that give them a chance for some of the awards at the end of the season?
Maybe not all of them. But most of the players on this list have legitimate chances at making a run for these awards, especially if they keep up the pace the final 78 games of the 2013 season.
Clay Buchholz has been the best pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, when healthy, in 2013.
In 12 games started this season, Buchholz is already 9-0 with an AL-best 1.71 ERA as a starter. The one thing that is holding him back from being in contention in the AL for this award is his injury problems.
If he can remain healthy after his most recent DL stint, then he can be one of the favorites to win the award.
Dustin Pedroia has been the best player in the lineup on a nightly basis. He is currently hitting .323, which is fourth in the AL among players with over 200 at-bats.
He hustles in the infield and in every plate appearance. His power may have gone down with the five homers, but he still has gap-to-gap power with his 22 doubles.
Pedroia's total of 47 RBI is the fourth highest on the Red Sox, while his 11 steals are the second most on the team. Plus, it doesn't hurt that he has started 83 of the 84 games.
Rookie of the Year
Jose Iglesias may not be new to the Red Sox, but he does not have enough service time in the big leagues to be considered a sophomore. The current rookies must not have 45 days on the active roster before September 1 or 130 at-bats from the previous season; Iglesias has neither.
With a .409 average and a great glove at third and short, Iglesias has made a name for himself and even pushed Will Middlebrooks down to the minors with his current performance.
Though he may not have power, he has the ability to make consistent contact and get on base.
Pedroia, Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino have all been stellar out in the field for the Red Sox in 2013.
Pedroia has only one error in 382 total chances and has a .997 fielding percentage. He has helped turn 62 double plays.
Victorino and Nava each have one error and multiple diving plays to their credits. They also have combined for 12 assists in the outfield.
Comeback Player of the Year
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John Lackey has been one of the best surprises for the Red Sox in 2013.
His 5-5 record may not show it, but he has been pitching lights out for most of the year. He has a 2.99 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 78.1 innings pitched.
Lackey has kept his WHIP at a reasonable 1.20 and has an admirable .251 average against with only 17 walks. He is definitely in the running for AL Comeback Player of the Year.