Most teams have played their 81st game, which is the halfway point in the season. I decided its time to hand out midseason awards. Stats are as of the morning of Monday June 30, 2008.
1. Lance Berkman, 1B, Houston Astros:.364 BA, .444 OBP, 70 R, 21 HR, 67 RBI. The Astros would be in trouble without this monster first half from Berkman.
2. Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies:.297 BA, .384 OBP, 60 R, 23 HR, 65 RBI. Utley carried the Phillies at the beginning of the year when Ryan Howard struggled. He has cooled off lately, but I think he will heat up again and end up winning this award at the end of the year.
3. Dan Uggla, 2B, Florida Marlins: .289 BA, .365 OBP, 57 R, 23 HR, 58 RBI. It's strange to see two second baseman tied for the major league lead in home runs. Uggla is the real deal and has been a huge reason why the Marlins are in second place in the NL East.
1. Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers: .312 BA, 52 R, 19 HR, 79 RBI. Hamilton leads the majors in RBIs by 11. He was a big part of Texas' recovery from a terrible April, if only they could find good pitching.
2. Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox: .288 BA, .396 OBP, 54 R, 19 HR, 61 RBI. Once a highly touted prospect, Quentin fell off the map until his resurgence this year. He has helped the White Sox slide into first place in the AL Central.
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Boston Red Sox: .313 BA, .382 OBP, 47 R, 13 HR, 50 RBI. Youkilis has stepped it up for the Sox with David Ortiz on the DL.
1. Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks: 12-4, 3.21 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 2 CG, 1 SO, 29 BB, 94 Ks. This was a tough decision between these three excellent starters. I chose Webb because he had more wins and ate more innings than the other two.
2. Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds: 10-3, 2.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 48 BB, 110 Ks. The rookie has been dominant this year. He leads all starters in ERA.
3. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants: 9-1, 2.38 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 43 BB, 114 Ks. The second year right-hander leads the majors with 114 strikeouts.
1. Cliff Lee, Cleveland Indians: 11-1, 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 16 BB, 90 Ks. After struggling last year and being sent down to the minors, Lee has regained his control. He has allowed just 16 walks which is less than 25 relievers.
2. Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays: 8-6, 3.12 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 5 CG, 19 BB, 100 Ks. Halladay has been one of the most consistent starters in the AL for the past few years. He leads the league in complete games and innings pitched (121.1).
3. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees: 2-2, 22/22 saves, 0.55 WHIP, 3 BB, 42 Ks. Rivera has been so dominant, I just had to put him on this list. He has not blown a save this year and has issued just three walks.
Rookie of the Year:
Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds: 10-3, 2.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 48 BB, 110 Ks.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays: .270 BA, 41 R, 15 HR, 47 RBI
Manager of the Year:
Tony La Russa, St. Louis Cardinals: 48-36. He has led an underrated Cardinals team to within striking distance of the division lead. St. Louis currently leads the wild card in the NL.
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays: 50-32. Maddon has led the Rays, whom no one even discussed at the start of the season, to the best record in the majors.