A Quarter In: Complete MLB Awards Analysis

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A Quarter In: Complete MLB Awards Analysis

Officially, every team has now played 40 games on the season, which means the first quarter of the 2009 season is over. If awards were given out today, here's how I would vote.

 

American League MVP: Justin Morneau (Minnesota Twins)

Justin Morneau is one of two players in the American League to be in top-10 in batting average, home runs, RBI, and OPS. Morneau is batting .343, with 13 home runs, 40 RBI, and a 1.082 OPS.

Rk Player BA HR RBI OPS SB
2 Evan Longoria (TB)
.333 11
49
1.034
2
3 Miguel Cabrera (Det)
.367
9
33
1.024
1
4 Adam Jones (Bal)
.359
10
32
1.068
4
5 Jason Bartlett (TB)
.373
7
30 1.014
14
6 Aaron Hill (Tor)
.350
11
35
.932
2
7 Jason Bay (Bos)
.286
13
45
1.036
4
8 Victor Martinez (Cle)
.371
7
30
1.025
0
9 Torii Hunter (LAA) .314
10
37
.978
8
10 Nick Markakis (Bal) .310
7
38
.898
1
11 Adam Lind (Tor) .295
7
35
.864
0
12 Carl Crawford (TB) .317
1
21
.800
28
13 Ian Kinsler (Tex) .284
12
33
.916
10
14 Carlos Pena (TB) .238
15
38
.965
0
15 Nelson Cruz (Tex) .288
11
31
.890
7

 

 

National League MVP: Raul Ibanez (Philadelphia Phillies)

Raul Ibanez is one of two players in the National League to be in top-10 in batting average, home runs, RBI, and OPS. Ibanez is batting .352 with 17 home runs, 43 RBI, and a 1.151 OPS. He also has four stolen bases.

Rk Player BA HR RBI OPS SB
2 Albert Pujols (Stl) .327 14
38
1.110
7
3 Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
.348
11
34
1.011
0
4 Joey Votto (Cin)
.371
7
31
1.117
2
5 Ryan Braun (Mil)
.333
8
31 1.011
3
6 Brad Hawpe (Col)
.326
6
34
.981
0
7 Carlos Beltran (NYM) .361
6
30
1.020
7
8 David Wright (NYM)
.350
3
30
.966
10
9 Todd Helton (Col) .342
6
31
.928
0
10 Adam Dunn (Was) .284
14
39
1.013
0
11 Chase Utley (Phi) .297
7
31
1.013
3
12 Adrian Gonzalez (SD) .282
16
30
.982
1
13 Prince Fielder (Mil) .270
10
42
.942
0
14 Orlando Hudson (LAD) .342
3
27
.910
4
15 Justin Upton (Ari) .320
9
26
1.004
4

 

 

American League Cy Young: Zack Greinke (Kansas City Royals)

Greinke has been stunning this year with a 7-1 record, 0.82 ERA, and 73 strikeouts in 66.0 innings pitched (including four complete games).

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP CG Sv
2 Roy Halladay (Tor)
8-1 2.52
63
75.0
1
-
3
Edwin Jackson (Det)
4-2
2.55
48
60.0
0
-
4 Mark Buehrle (Cws)
6-1
2.59
36
59.0
0
-
5 Frank Francisco (Tex)
1-0
0.00
15 15.2
- 10

 

 

National League Cy Young: Johan Santana (New York Mets)

Santana has continued his excellent play with a 6-2 record, 1.50 ERA, and 75 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP CG Sv
2 Wandy Rodriguez (Hou) 5-2
1.83
53
59.0
0
-
3
Jair Jurrjens (Atl)
4-2
2.07
35
61.0
0
-
4 Heath Bell (SD)
2-0
0.49
23
18.1
-
12
5 Chad Billingsley (Lad)
6-2
2.82 69 67.0
0 -

 

 

American League Rookie of the Year: Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers)

Andrus is batting .291 with three home runs, nine RBI, and a .790 OPS. He also has one great glove.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Hld Sv
    BA HR
RBI OPS
SB
 
2
Andrew Bailey (Oak)
3-0 2.20
35 28.2
2
1
3 Ryan Perry (Det) 0-1 2.45
17 18.1
4
-
4 Nolan Reimold (Bal)
.256 2 4 .729
0 -

 

 

National League Rookie of the Year: Colby Rasmus (St. Louis Cardinals)

This is a weak rookie class. Rasmus is batting .233 with four home runs and 17 RBI.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Hld Sv
    BA HR
RBI OPS
SB
 
2
Luke Gregerson (SD)
0-3 3.76
28 26.1
5
-
3 Gerardo Parra (Ari)
.279 1
8 .782
0
-
4 Bobby Scales (Chc)
.265 1 5 .861
0 -

 

 

American League Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland (Detroit Tigers)

Leyland has led the Tigers to a .571 winning percentage on a team that wasn't expected to do much.

Rk Manager Win% Note
2 Cito Gaston (Tor) .574
The Jays were expected to do what they do every year, but now they could be contending.
3 Ron Washington (Tex) .605
Washington has the Rangers off to a scorching start and are contending in a vision that the Angels were expected to run away with.
4 Joe Girardi (NYY) .568 After signing the three biggest free agents and the A-Rod drama, Girardi has the Yankees relevant again.

 

 

National League Manager of the Year: Joe Torre (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Torre has the Dodgers off to a .667 winning percentage despite all the Manny drama.

Rk Manager Win% Note
2 Tony La Russa (Stl)
.591
La Russa continues to be one of the best managers in baseball, turning his pitching staff around.
3 Dusty Baker (Cin)
.535
Baker has made the Reds relevant, which they haven't been for years. Pitching and offense have improved tremendously.
4 Ken Macha (Mil)
.591 Despite constant manager changes, the team has remained resilient as Macha has the Brewers in first.

 

 

American League Relief Man of the Year: Frank Francisco (Texas Rangers)

Francisco has 10 saves with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Sv BlSv
2 Jonathan Papelbon (Bos)
0-1 1.80
23 20.0
11 1
3
Mariano Rivera (NYY) 0-1 2.75
24 19.2
9
1
4 Brian Fuentes (LAA) 0-2 4.32
19 16.2
12
2
5 Bobby Jenks (CWS)
0-2 3.38 14 16.0
10 1

 

 

National League Relief Man of the Year: Heath Bell (San Diego Padres)

Bell has 12 saves with a 0.49 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Sv BlSv
2 Trevor Hoffman (Mil)
0-0 0.00
10 12.0
11 0
3
Francisco Rodriguez (NYM)
1-0 0.87
20 20.2
12
0
4 Jonathan Broxton (LAD)
5-0 1.17 35 23.0
11
2
5 Francisco Cordero (Cin)
0-2 1.89 21 19.0
11 0

 

 

American League Comeback Player of the Year: Victor Martinez (Cle) and Aaron Hill (Tor)

Both Hill and Martinez have come back exceptionally well from injuries.

Rk Player BA HR RBI OPS SB
t-1 Aaron Hill (Tor) .350
11
35
.932
2
t-1 Victor Martinez (Cle)
.371
7
30
1.025
0

 

 

American League Comeback Player of the Year:  Nick Johnson (Washington Nationals)

After Johnson spent most of the 2008 season, Johnson has out up exceptional numbers this year (.338 average, four home runs, and 35 RBI).

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP
2
Yovani Gallardo (Mil) 4-2 3.83
50
51.2
3
Barry Zito (SF)
1-5 4.02
37 56.0

 

 

Silver Sluggers:

Pos American League National League
C Victor Martinez (Cle) Bengie Molina (SF)
1B Justin Morneau (Min) Albert Pujols (Stl)
2B Aaron Hill (Tor) Chase Utley (Phi)
SS Jason Bartlett (TB) Hanley Ramirez (Fla)
3B Evan Longoria (TB) Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
OF Jason Bay (Bos) Raul Ibanez (Phi)
OF Adam Jones (Bal) Carlos Beltran (NYM)
OF Torii Hunter (LAA) Ryan Braun (Mil)
DH|P Jason Kubel (Min) Micah Owings (Cin)
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