MLB Midseason MVP Awards: Is Your Favorite Player in the Running?
Can you believe we're already at the half way point of the baseball season? Time really flies once the season gets underway.
Over the course of the season so far, we have some players who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding play. I will highlight, in my opinion, the individual team and league MVPs so far this season. So enjoy!
Note: All stats are as of 7/3/11
New York Yankees
MVP: Curtis Granderson - I could have picked Bartolo Colon but the injury kept me from doing that. I remember last year when a lot of people were predicting 40 homers for Granderson, well that may happen this year. Curtis has 22 homers, 58 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases and has played an almost flawless centerfield.
Boston Red Sox
MVP: Adrian Gonzalez - When the Red Sox traded for Agon this winter they knew what they were getting. Adrian has been everything Theo wanted and more. Overall he's 2nd in batting average, 1st in RBIs and his swing the other way has been deadly. Fenway works amazing with his swing and he'll be a red sox for a while. The Padres should have moved the walls in at Petco!
Tampa Bay Rays
MVP: James Shields - Big Game James has had one heck of a first half. After a very disappointing season last year going 13-15 with a 5.18 ERA, he has rebounded with an 8-5 record along with 127 Ks, a 2.45 ERA, and 6 complete games. The rays young rotation has kept them in contention.
Toronto Blue Jays
MVP: Jose Bautista - Jose is probably the MVP for the whole American League as of now. Anyone who thought that last year was a fluke, is very quiet at the moment. Bautista leads the MLB again in homers with 27, and also is in the top 5 in batting average. He leads all of baseball in walks, OPS, and slugging percentage as well.
MVP: Adam Jones - The Orioles as a whole don't have a sure fire MVP but Adam Jones has put together a nice season. He's hitting .283, with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs. He should have been selected over Matt Wieters for the allstar team in my opinion.
MVP: Asdrubal Cabrera - Asdrubal has been the best shortstop in the American League this first half and it isn't even close. He's hitting .291 with 14 homers, 49 RBIs, 53 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases. The indians wouldn't have the record they do now with out their allstar shortstop.
MVP: Justin Verlander - Where would the tigers pitching staff be without Justin Verlander? Justin has been dominating every start out this year and is one of the leading candidates for American League Cy Young. With an a 11-3 record, a 2.32 ERA, and 130 strikeouts, Justin is on pace for one heck of a year.
Chicago White Sox
MVP: Paul Konerko - Paul is having another one of his monster power seasons. He's helped carry the white sox offense along with Carlos Quentin. Pauly is hitting .317 with 21 homers and 62 RBIs. The White Sox wouldn't be hovering around .500 without the production from Mr. Konerko.
MVP: Michael Cuddyer - Not only is Michael having a pretty good offensive year, he's also been playing almost every position. At one point Michael was the primary second basemen. His versatility and all around good offensive production, makes him the mid season MVP of the disappointing Minnesota Twins.
Kansas City Royals
MVP: Melky Cabrera - After a very nice start the Royals have fallen off of the American League Central map. One of the only bright spots from this year's team has been Melky Cabrera. After moving around a bit the last 3 years, Melky seems to have fit in well in Kansas City. He has been hitting .283, with 11 homers, 50 runs scored, 48 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases.
MVP: Alexi Ogando - This was a tough choice considering there are a lot of deserving players on the Rangers, but I think Ogando deserves the honor. The rookie has thrived since switching from the pen to the rotation and has compiled a 2.86 ERA and a 1.03 whip.
Los Angeles Angels
MVP: Jered Weaver - Jered has taken another step forward this year and has been absolutely dominate. His 1.92 ERA is 2nd in the big leagues, he has a microscopic 0.92 Whip, 10 wins, and a nice 114 strikeouts. Weaver may be named the allstar game starter, and is in contention for the AL Cy Young.
MVP: Michael Pineda - Michael has been awesome since getting called up to start the season. His electric high 90s fastball, and consistency to throw strikes makes him the front runner for American League Rookie of the Year. He even has better numbers across the board than his teammate and last year's Cy Young winner, Felix Hernandez.
MVP: Gio Gonzalez - The young A's rotation hasn't been as good as some thought, but Gio Gonzalez has been better than advertised. The young southpaw has an 8-5 record, 106 Ks, and a very low 2.31 ERA. He'll be representing the A's in the allstar game this year, and it's well deserved.
MVP: Roy Halladay - This could have went to Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels as well but Roy Halladay for the 2nd year in a row is dominating National League bats. Roy has 11 wins, 131 Ks, a 2.44 ERA, and a 1.03 Whip. It looks like Doc may get the Cy Young two years in a row.
MVP: Jair Jurrjens - Jair leads the MLB in ERA (1.89) and is tied for the lead in wins with 11. The strikeouts aren't that high, but the ERA more than makes up for it. The braves young pitching staff is only getting better.
New York Mets
MVP: Jose Reyes - No player has been more exciting to watch this year than Jose Reyes. Jose leads the MLB in hits, triples, batting average, and is 2nd in stolen bases. The mets have a big decision to make, if they should trade him or not. If they do, they'll get a great haul back for the leading NL MVP candidate.
MVP: Michael Morse - During spring training, Michael Morse was hitting bomb after bomb. He was everyone's sleeper fantasy pick. The season started and he wasn't doing that good...and then eventually he just exploded. Morse has hit 15 homers for the nats, and has driven in 46. The way he is hitting, he could be a top 50 fantasy pick next year!
MVP: Gaby Sanchez - The marlins started off red hot and were only 1 game out of 1st place at one point...and then the calender turned to June. The Marlins had a disastrous June, they won less games in that month than Cliff Lee did by himself. Gaby Sanchez has been a bright spot however, he's been hitting well with a .296 average, 13 homers, and 47 RBIs.
St. Louis Cardinals
MVP: Lance Berkman - Everyone thought Lance was done after having injuries and slowing down at the plate the last few years. But Lance rehabbed and got ready for the season nicely and is having another allstar season. Hitting .297 with 22 homers, 61 RBIs, the Big Puma has kept the cardinals afloat even with the injuries to Wainwright, and Pujols.
MVP: Prince Fielder - Like Jose Reyes, Prince Fielder is having a ridiculous first half before he makes big money this offseason. Prince is another prime canidate for NL MVP right now while hitting .296, with 21 homers, and 69 RBIs. Prince could possibly resign with the Brewers but they'll need to open the wallet to keep him.
MVP: Andrew McCutchen - Andrew is one of the most exciting players to watch in the big leagues. One of the big reasons the Pirates are having a great season is due to him. Andrew has done a little bit of everything, hitting .294, scoring 51 runs, hitting 12 round trippers, driving in 45, and stealing 15 bases. He is also one of the biggest snubs for the allstar game and definitely deserved to go.
MVP: Joey Votto - Last year's NL MVP hasn't missed a beat from last year, continuing to be one of the greatest hitters in the game. Joey is hitting .313, with a slightly low 12 homer total, and 52 runs batted in. The reds young offense is deadly and Joey is the anchor for it.
MVP: Starlin Castro - Starlin is putting together one very nice sophomore season. He is 2nd in the majors in hits, and has been really the only bright spot on the Chicago Cubs' team. He's only 21 and he's got a long, solid career ahead of him.
MVP: Hunter Pence - Michael Bourn could also be considered, but Hunter has had a very solid season on one of the worst teams in baseball. Hitting for a solid average (.322), decent power (10 HR), and providing nice run production (57 RBIs), makes him one of the better young outfielders in the game. He could be an interesting trade piece if Houston decided to put him on the block.
San Francisco Giants
MVP: Ryan Vogelsong - This is a very surprising team MVP but its very well deserved. Journeyman, Ryan Vogelsong, has been the best pitcher on one of the best staffs in the game. Since replacing Zito, Vogelsong has 9 quality starts and only 1 start of giving up more than 5 runs. He's out-pitched 2 time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and allstar Matt Cain. He'll been at the allstar game in Arizona as well!
MVP: Justin Upton - Another one of the young studs, Justin has had another monster year. He's hitting for a good batting average (.298), nice power (13), and swiping some bags (14). Justin will be the only representative at his own building at the allstar game(unless Kennedy wins the final vote.) Its been a nice year for J-Up and the diamondbacks.
MVP: Carlos Gonzalez - Last year's best breakout player is at it again. Cargo is filling up the stat sheet with his very solid numbers including: a .295 batting average, 13 homers, 51 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. The rockies have one of the better 1, 2 punches in baseball with Cargo and Tulo, and if they put the pieces together they can make a run to the playoffs, just like 2007.
San Diego Padres
MVP: Heath Bell - The Padres have disappointed in their first season without Adrian Gonzalez. They don't really have an MVP but Heath Bell has been pretty solid. He's 24 for 25 in save opportunities. He is a prime candidate to be traded by the trade deadline.
Los Angeles Dodgers
MVP: Matt Kemp - Matt Kemp has rebounded from a tough year and is having one of the best seasons of any player. He is competing for the triple crown with a .322 batting average, 22 home runs, and 64 RBIs. He also has 22 stolen bases. The dodgers and their fans haven't had many things to smile about this year but Matt Kemp is one of them.
Mid-Season AL MVP
1. Jose Bautista, OF TOR
2. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B BOS
3. Curtis Granderson, OF NYY
4. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Cle
5. Paul Konerko, 1B ChW
Mid-Season NL MVP
1. Jose Reyes, SS NYM
2. Prince Fielder, 1B Mil
3. Matt Kemp, OF LAD
4. Lance Berkman, OF Stl
5. Justin Upton, OF Ari
Mid-Season AL Cy Young
1. Justin Verlander, Det
2. Jered Weaver, LAA
3. Josh Beckett, Bos
4. James Shields, TB
5. C.C. Sabathia, NYY
Mid-Season NL Cy Young
1. Roy Halladay, Phi
2. Jair Jurrjens, Atl
3. Clayton Kershaw, LAD
4. Cole Hamels, Phi
5. Cliff Lee, Phi
Mid-Season AL Rookie of the Year
1. Michael Pineda, Sea
2. Zach Britton, Bal
3. Jeremy Hellickson, TB
Mid-Season NL Rookie of the Year
1. Danny Espinosa, WAS
2. Craig Kimbrel, ATL
3. Dillon Gee, NYM