The first month of the 2014 Major League Baseball season is in the books, so it's time to take a look at where all the award-chasers stand heading into May.
One month isn't the most adequate sample size to judge player performance by, which is why the players chosen for each category are based much upon track record as well as the likelihood that each player will keep up this high level of play for the duration of the season.
With all due respect to Colorado's Charlie Blackmon, who led the National League in WAR (1.9) during April, he's a product of hitting in Coors Field (1.423 OPS), compared to .697 on the road, and is going to come back down to earth.
Rather than put Blackmon in the MVP discussion based on what will likely end up being a fluky month, it makes more sense to assume that the 27-year-old backup outfielder will never have another 20-30 game stretch like this than it is to say he's going to be the best player in the league.
With that caveat out there, sit back and enjoy the players and managers leading the charge for the major awards heading into the month of May.