Miselis Edition: MLB Awards for the Month of May

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 1, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 17:  Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the New York Yankees on May 17, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Twins 3-2 in ten innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With two months of the MLB season in the books, the Miselis versions of awards are ready to be given out. Besides the month of May, these awards have been achieved for their success throughout the season.

Best Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Don't assume that the Dodgers have been given the nod as the best team thus far in the season because of their record of 35-17. The young squad has continued to win despite the absence of Manny Ramirez.

Remember when everyone assumed a fallout of their division lead was going to happen due to his departure? Orlando Hudson and Matt Kemp have led the way, batting over .300 and being able to get on base.

Honorable Mention: New York Yankees

Worst Team: Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals have proven in the first two months of the season that they are worthy of this tag. In just having 13 wins (averaging 6.5 a month), the Nats still aren't able to put any competitive team on the field.

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It first starts off with the rotation, which currently bottoms out as one of the worst in the league, due to every starting pitcher having an ERA over four.

The Nationals do have some nice bats in the lineup. Yet a few of them will probably be traded before July's deadline.

Honorable Mention: Cleveland Indians

Most Surprising Team: Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers have proven to be the most surprising team in baseball during these two months. At 30-20, the Brewers stand first in the NL Central. This comes after a rough offseason for the Brew Crew where they lost CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets.

The bats have begun to come around, led by the sluggers Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Mike Cameron has also been hot as of late, while prospect Mat Gamel has made an impact to the club since coming up a few weeks ago.

Honorable Mention: Toronto Blue Jays

Most Disappointing Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Coming into the 2009 season after winning their first AL Championship, the Tampa Bay Rays were marked as making the AL East a three-way race throughout the season. It has been a three-way race, but not involving them. Sitting at 25-28, the Rays are under .500 and sitting 5.5 games back of the division lead.

Evan Longoria has been the only one who has been contributing, while the pitching has not performed, even before the losses of Scott Kazmir and Troy Percival. The luck needs to start happening again for the Rays, or else they will be packing pretty early in September.

Honorable Mention: Chicago Cubs

AL MVP: Evan Longoria

A tight race here, but Evan Longoria has achieved greatness in his sophomore year. His bat is still keeping the Rays in contention. Longoria is hitting for a solid .327 average with 13 HRs and a league-best 55 RBI. Even with the Rays' struggles thus far in the season, Evan's bat still keeps them in contention within a tough division.

NL MVP: Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols continues to be one of the more dominant hitters in the major leagues. He succeeds his hitting statistics thus far in average, where he is hitting a high .339. His HRs (16) and RBI (42) are tied for third in the NL. There are a few people with better stats than him; however, his presence right now of carrying a team that is nearing a division crown is what is most important.

Honorable Mention: Raul Ibanez

Silver Slugger: Raul Ibanez

An obvious choice, Raul Ibanez fled onto the scene this year with the Philadelphia Phillies. He boasts a .332 average, NL second-best 17 HRs, and ranks fifth in the league with 46 RBI. Ibanez is playing at an all-star caliber level and is continuing to help Philly hold on to the division crown.

AL CY Young: Zach Greinke

Zach Greinke of the Royals has been one of the great surprises of the league thus far. Being in Kansas City, not much attention is showed. In the first two months of the season, Greinke has proved to be the American League's best pitcher.

He is tied for the AL lead in wins with eight and is second in the AL in K's with 88, but the most important stat is a league-best 1.10 ERA.

Honorable Mention: Roy Halladay

NL Cy Young: Johan Santana

Santana is the best pitcher in the National League with no question. He is tied for third in the majors with seven wins and third in the majors with 86 K's, as well as an NL-best 1.77 ERA (second best in the majors).

Johan also carries a rotation on his back that is filled with questions after him. Johan has always kept the Mets in every game and has left it up to the offense to do the rest.

Most Improved Player: Adam Jones

We all knew that Adam Jones was going to reach his potential as a great player in the majors. But did many people expect success this early?

After his down year as a rookie, Jones has started off the season on a high note. He is sixth in the American League with a .344 batting avg. His 11 HRs is a solid number, along with his contributing 36 RBI.

He has proved, however, he has MLB top speed and is in the higher rankings within the entire league with 40 runs scored. His Gold Glove efforts have also helped his cause to become an all-star this year.

Honorable Mention: Nelson Cruz

MLB'S Player of the Month: Joe Mauer

Shocker here? Of course not. Joe Mauer had the best month of his career, this coming after his early woes on the disabled list. In the month of May, Mauer is hitting for a smashing .414 batting avg. Mauer already has 11 HRs, already higher than last year's total, while two away from his career high in one season. He also has 35 RBI. A great start off to Mauer's season.

Matt Miselis is a writer for Bleacherreport.com