“YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Terry Bradshaw joins the cast of Duck Dynasty”. Bad guess!
... I was a [Mike] Trout guy last year, but generally I prefer my MVP to contribute to a winning effort. Yes, the criteria states that the winner “need not come from a division winner or other playoff qualifier.” But playing for a contender involves a different kind of pressure. And the Angels were cooked by June.
That said, I clearly see the other side — why should voters penalize Trout for owner Arte Moreno’s misguided decision-making? I’m also starting to wonder: If Trout again finishes second, what exactly will he need to do to win the award?
[Miguel] Cabrera is the favorite because of his remarkable offensive performance and the Tigers’ first-place standing. But I’m finding it more and more difficult to mount a case against Trout.
Andrew McCutchen not only has the best narrative as the face of the feel-good Pirates, but he also leads the NL in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), satisfying the more sabermetrically inclined… My bigger concern, frankly, is a potential snub of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina… I’m leaning toward McCutchen. But I’m not all the way there yet.
AL CY YOUNG
As I wrote last week, it’s close between [Max] Scherzer and the Rangers’ Yu Darvish, with the White Sox’s Chris Sale not far behind… This one is not decided yet.
NL CY YOUNG
It’s Clayton Kershaw, and not by a little.
No player in the award’s 66-year history has won the honor after getting traded in the middle of a season.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias should be the first… his .773 OPS is second among to AL rookies to Wil Myers’ .825… He also plays better defense than Myers and has appeared in more games, leading to a higher WAR.
Yasiel Puig’s .960 OPS grabs your attention, as does the rest of his jaw-dropping game. But Puig didn’t join the Dodgers until June 3. Fernandez, second in the majors in ERA, is the pitching equivalent of Puig — and he has been with the Marlins all season... Fernandez is the easy choice.
I suspect the Red Sox’s John Farrell is going to win, and I’ve got no problem with that… Still, I’m not sure any manager is more deserving than the Yankees’ Joe Girardi… If Terry Francona gets the Indians to the postseason, all bets are off.
Clint Hurdle, Clint Hurdle and Clint Hurdle again.