Who should win the 2013 MLB awards and why?

MLB 2013 Award Winner Picks

9/30/13 in MLB   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Sep 28, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) connects for a base hit during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsAmerican League MVP
 
1. Miguel Cabrera, 3B – Tigers
 
I went into detail regarding the Cabrera vs. Mike Trout MVP battle here over two weeks ago. Mike Trout’s defense and speed helped him increase his lead in Wins Above Replacement. The all-around game also benefited Josh Donaldson and Robinson Cano. I’m not punishing Cabrera because he doesn’t have any range and can’t run. That’s not what he’s there to do and the MVP award is not the WAR award, nor is it given to the player who can do the most “things.”
 
Cabrera won the batting title, led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage, slugging, OPS and OPS+.The only thing that prevented him winning his second consecutive triple crown was Chris Davis hitting 53 homers to Cabrera’s 44 and having one more RBI. Trout supporters are going to have to start planning a new strategy for 2014 because condescending disappointment didn’t work last year and the “WOW!!!” promotional ploy won’t work this year. Cabrera’s the AL MVP. Again.
 
2. Mike Trout, OF – Angels
 
3. Josh Donaldson, 3B - Athletics
 
4. Chris Davis, 1B - Orioles
 
5. Robinson Cano, 2B – Yankees
 
National League MVP
 
1. Andrew McCutchen, CF – Pirates
Sep 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) bats during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Pirates defeated the Reds 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

A key to the Pirates’ turnaround from annually horrific to 94 win playoff team is McCutchen. He hitshomers, steals bases, plays great defense in center field and has emerged as a young team leader.
 
2. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B – Diamondbacks
 
3. Clayton Kershaw, LHP – Dodgers
 
4. Joey Votto, 1B – Reds
 
5. Matt Carpenter, 2B – Cardinals
 
American League Cy Young Award
 
1. Max Scherzer – Tigers
 
Sep 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsI’m not interested in his run support and how he was pitching for a team with a big lead in their division. Scherzer stepped into the breach left with Justin Verlander having a poor year and took over as the Tigers’ number one starter.
 
2. Yu Darvish – Rangers
 
3. Greg Holland – Royals
 
3. Hisashi Iwakuma – Mariners
 
5. Chris Sale – White Sox
 
National League Cy Young Award
 
1. Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers
 
Kershaw is turning into a machine. He’s won the ERA title three straight years. Every year the Sep 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws the ball against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sportsinnings, strikeouts and wins go up on the board. At mid-season, when the Dodgers were in disarray, ravaged by injuries and rife with dysfunction, the one constant they had was Kershaw. He kept the team afloat until they got their act together.
 
2. Adam Wainwright – Cardinals
 
3. Cliff Lee – Phillies
 
4. Jose Fernandez – Marlins
 
5. Matt Harvey – Mets
 
American League Rookie of the Year
 
Sep 22, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers (9) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports1. Wil Myers, OF/DH – Rays
 
Myers endured a dreadful slump in August, but still showed that the hype was real. In 87 games with the Rays, he hit 13 homers – to all fields – and posted an .835 OPS.
 
2. Jose Iglesias, SS – Red Sox/Tigers
 
3. Dan Straily, RHP – Athletics
 
4. Oswaldo Arcia, OF – Twins
 
5. J.B. Shuck, OF – Angels
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10/1/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

PAULLEBOWITZ wrote:
It's neither ignorance nor is it asinine. In fact, those are the same condescending type assertions that turn people off from listening to the sabermetric reasons that Trout is the choice of so many as the MVP. I take a "dig" at sabermetrics precisely for the arrogance that is inherent in these comments. How is Trout being "punished?" The "number five starter" comment is totally out of context and I don't see the connection. Where did I say that baserunning and defense are unimportant? What I said was that Trout accumulating WAR points because he can do things that Cabrera is not capable of doing is not the basis to hand him the MVP.

So Trout being a more gifted player is why he shouldn't be MVP?

9/30/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

It's neither ignorance nor is it asinine. In fact, those are the same condescending type assertions that turn people off from listening to the sabermetric reasons that Trout is the choice of so many as the MVP. I take a "dig" at sabermetrics precisely for the arrogance that is inherent in these comments. How is Trout being "punished?" The "number five starter" comment is totally out of context and I don't see the connection. Where did I say that baserunning and defense are unimportant? What I said was that Trout accumulating WAR points because he can do things that Cabrera is not capable of doing is not the basis to hand him the MVP.

9/30/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I agree. I don't get how Cabrera is not punished for poor baserunning and defense, while Trout is somehow punished for his all-around game. It's making a conclusion first and twisting the facts to fit them (with an added dig at sabermetrics). Cabrera's going to win and that's fine, but some of these arguments (and this is all over) are just asinine.

The Scherzer write-up is similar in the sabermetrics bashing. Run support from that lineup helped him that many games. That doesn't mean he wasn't the best pitcher in the AL this year, because overall it ended up that way. All the stat guys were saying is that Scherzer's record is not why he deserves the Cy Young because a lot goes into the record that isn't in the pitcher's control.

9/30/13   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

I'm fine with Miggy being MVP. His OPS+ is just absurd this year, but that defense of picking him is flat out stupid. A #5 starter is there to eat innings and hopefully keep a team in contention. Fulfilling that role doesn't make you better than your run of the mill #1 starter. Cabrera has limitations of his game outside of the batter's box. That's important. Base running and defense are equal parts of the game. Ignoring them is, well, ignorance.