MLB Midseason Awards

7/10/12 in MLB   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

National League
 
July 8, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) reacts to the crowd after hitting his second home run of the day against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIREMVP – Andrew McCutchen
 
Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates own the second best record in the National League.  And while a decent amount of credit goes to the much-improved pitching staff, you can’t under-value the work of all-star outfielder Andrew McCutchen.  Leading the NL in batting average (.362), third in RBIs (60), third in runs scored (58) and fourth in home runs (18), McCutchen has been a jack-of-all-trades for Pittsburgh.  Beltran and Votto also deserve some consideration as of now, but if the Pirates end up taking the NL Central crown, the Pirates may have their first MVP since Bonds in 1992.
 


July 5, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) reacts on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Cy Young – RA Dickey

 
Dickey’s currently sitting at 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 123 strikeouts.  He leads the NL in both complete games (3) and shutouts (2), but there are plenty of other NL hurlers right on his heels: Cain and Vogelsong have been nothing short of dominant for San Francisco, while McDonald and Cueto have helped fuel their teams to the top two spots in the NL Central.  However, as of now, the Nashville Knuckleballer takes the crown.
 

Jun 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA;  Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a home run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Nationals in 11 innings, 11-10. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-US PRESSWIRE
Rookie of the Year – Bryce Harper

 
The anticipation was off the charts, but the 19-year-old hasn’t backed down from the pressure at all.  Harper puts so much energy and passion into the game that it’s hard not to like him.  The big numbers may not blow you away as of right now - .282/8/25 – but it’s some of the other things that show you how special of a player Harper is.  His 43 runs in just 63 games and his cannon of an arm from the outfield help round out his game and make him the current NL Rookie of the Year, with Arizona’s Miley as the runner-up.
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7/12/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19859 respect

GOOD CHOICES................but ALL ARE up for grabs.....too many games left and if the kid from the CUBS.......ANTHONY ..RIZZO stays the rest of the year...HE COULD GET THE ROY over HARPER.....and the other 2 awards are not a GIVEN either......ENJOY THE 2ND HALF.............IT WILL BE FUN............

7/11/12   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

Good picks (although I feel obliged to note that David Wright is another strong candidate for MVP, being just about as crucial to his team's success as McCutchen is).