Where We Stand: Major League Baseball First-Half Review, Second-Half Preview

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Where We Stand: Major League Baseball First-Half Review, Second-Half Preview
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With the exception of tonight's Cubs-Dodgers game, the first half of the baseball season is over. That means it's time to hand out awards and look ahead to the second half.

Who are the MVPs, Cy Youngs, Rookies of the Year, and Silver Sluggers in each league? Which teams are the favorites to win their divisions and wild card races, and which teams will offer the biggest competition to the favorites?

Check it all out here in a Major League Baseball first half review/second half preview.

American League MVP:

Favorite: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (.346 AVG, 22 HR, 76 RBI, .423 OBP)              

Runner-up: Vladimir Guerrero, Texas Rangers (.323 AVG, 20 HR, 75 RBI, .369 OBP)

National League MVP:

Favorite: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds (.314 AVG, 22 HR, 60 RBI, .421 OBP)

Runner-up: David Wright, New York Mets (.314 AVG, 14 HR, 65 RBI, 25 2B)

American League Cy Young:

Favorite: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays (12-4, 2.42 ERA, 100 K, 1.20 WHIP)

Runner-up: Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees (11-2, 2.70 ERA, 87 K, 1.15 WHIP)

National League Cy Young:

Favorite: Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies (15-1, 2.20 ERA, 127 IP, 87 hits)

Runner-up: Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals (13-5, 2.11 ERA, 127 K, 1.01 WHIP)

American League Rookie of the Year:

Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers (.304 AVG, 94 hits, 52 runs scored, 21 2B)

National League Rookie of the Year:

Favorite: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals (2.32 ERA, 61 K, 1.01 WHIP)

Runner-up: Ike Davis, New York Mets (11 HR, 40 RBI, 16 2B)

American League Silver Sluggers:

1st base: Miguel Cabrera (.346 AVG, 22 HR, 76 RBI, .423 OBP)

2nd base: Robinson Cano (.337 AVG, 16 HR, 57 RBI, .391 OBP)

Shortstop: Derek Jeter (.275 AVG, 8 HR, 41 RBI, .342 OBP)

Third base: Alex Rodriguez (.274 AVG, 14 HR, 70 RBI, 20 2B)

Left field: Josh Hamilton (.345 AVG, 22 HR, 64 RBI, 25 2B)

Center field: Torii Hunter (.300 AVG, 15 HR, 62 RBI, 24 2B)

Right field: Nick Swisher (.303 AVG, 15 HR, 49 RBI, .532 SLG)

Catcher: Mike Napoli (14 HR, .473 SLG, 13 2B)

National League Silver Sluggers:

1st base: Joey Votto (.314 AVG, 22 HR, 60 RBI, .421 OBP)

2nd base: Dan Uggla (.281 AVG, 16 HR, 51 RBI, .481 SLG)

Shortstop: Hanley Ramirez (.298 AVG, 13 HR, 53 RBI, .484 SLG)

Third base: David Wright (.314 AVG, 14 HR, 65 RBI, .534 SLG)

Left field: Carlos Gonzalez (.312 AVG, 17 HR, 58 RBI, .533 SLG)

Center Field: Colby Rasmus (.281 AVG, 16 HR, 41 RBI, .544 SLG)

Right field: Andre Ethier (.324 AVG, 14 HR, 54 RBI, .555 SLG)

Catcher: Brian McCann (.270 AVG, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 16 2B)

AL East:

Favorite: New York Yankees (56-32, 1st place)

Biggest competition: Tampa Bay Rays (54-34, 2 GB)

AL Central:

Favorite: Minnesota Twins (46-42, 3.5 GB)

Biggest competition: Chicago White Sox (49-38, 1st place)

AL West:

Favorite: Texas Rangers (50-38, 1st place)

Biggest competition: Los Angeles Angels (47-44, 4.5 GB)

AL Wild Card:

Favorite: Tampa Bay Rays (54-34, lead)

Biggest competition: Boston Red Sox (51-37, 3 GB)

NL East:

Favorite: Atlanta Braves (52-36, 1st place)

Biggest competition: New York Mets (48-40, 4 GB)

NL Central:

Favorite: Cincinnati Reds (49-41, 1st place)

Biggest competition: St. Louis Cardinals (47-41, 1 GB)

NL West:

Favorite: San Diego Padres (51-37, 1st place)

Biggest competition: San Francisco Giants (47-41, 4 GB)

NL Wild Card:

Favorite: New York Mets (48-40, 1 GB)

Biggest competition: Colorado Rockies (49-39, lead)

World Series prediction:

New York Yankees defeat Atlanta Braves

 

 

 

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