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Here are the 2022 finalists for MVP, Cy Young, ROY and MOY

AL MVP Award

Yordan Alvarez, DH/LF, Astros

Alvarez was one of the elite hitters in the American League again this season. The Astros’ lefty slugger batted .306 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs, and he and Aaron Judge were the only hitters to post an OPS over 1.000. Alvarez’s 1.019 OPS and 187 OPS+ (league average is 100) were both second best in the Majors, behind only Judge. He also added some memorable home runs in the postseason for the World Series champs.

Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees

Judge’s historic season makes him the MVP favorite. He hit 62 home runs to surpass Roger Maris’ longstanding mark of 61 and set a new American League home run record. Judge also nearly won a Triple Crown, leading the AL with 131 RBIs and finishing second with a .311 batting average.

Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, Angels

The reigning AL MVP followed up his historic two-way 2021 with another superstar season in ‘22. Ohtani became the first player in the World Series era to qualify for both the batting and pitching league leaderboards. He had 34 home runs, 11 stolen bases and 95 RBIs as a hitter and went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts as a pitcher.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 07, 2022 at 10:20 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cooper Nielson Posted: November 08, 2022 at 02:35 AM (#6104767)
Anti-Astros bias?

Gold Glove winner and ALCS/World Series MVP Jeremy Pena was not a finalist for Rookie of the Year. (Actually, this is reasonable -- the three finalists all had more WAR than him; Rodriguez and Rutschman will likely split all the first-place votes, and Kwan hit better than Pena and also won a Gold Glove.)

Dusty Baker was also snubbed for Manager of the Year, despite winning 106 games (and then 11 more) with the 10th highest payroll in MLB. That's a little more egregious, I think.
   2. Hombre Brotani Posted: November 08, 2022 at 08:34 AM (#6104773)
Ohtani was second in pitching WAR, not a finalist for Cy Young. Boooooooo.
   3. DL from MN Posted: November 08, 2022 at 10:47 AM (#6104790)
MMP ballot is open if you're interested in voicing your opinion. Anyone can vote.
   4. JL72 Posted: November 08, 2022 at 12:56 PM (#6104801)
I initially thought it was silly when Smoltz was talking as if it was a given that Verlander would win the AL CYA.

But looking at the numbers, it is closer than I thought:

Cease - 14-8, 184 IP, 2.20 ERA, 180 ERA+, 3.10 FIP, 6.4 WAR
Manoah - 16-7, 196.2 IP, 2.24 ERA, 174 ERA+, 3.35 FIP, 5.9 WAR
Verlander - 18-4, 175 IP, 1.75 ERA, 220 ERA+, 2.49 FIP, 5.9 WAR

I still don't think I would vote for Verlander, but it won't be an embarrassment if he gets it.
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 08, 2022 at 04:23 PM (#6104830)
I still don't think I would vote for Verlander, but it won't be an embarrassment if he gets it.

There is no doubt he's winning it. He lead the league in wins(not really important), ERA+ and he has a better FIP then the other 2 guys. He also led in WHIP(which I like but am aware it's not the greatest indicator of much but it's quick and easy to understand).
The IP are close enough and partly account for the WAR difference which is within the margins anyway for all contenders to be considered somewhat equal on that footing.

   6. Walt Davis Posted: November 08, 2022 at 06:15 PM (#6104844)
I hate this finalist nonsense; the story even refers to them as "nominees." The voting's already over. I really don't know what value anybody sees in "here are the top 3 finishers, we'll announce the winner next week ... but until then, let's talk as if the outcome is still uncertain."

Anyway, if the books are taking bets, I am willing to put big, big money on Yordan finishing 3rd.

It is interesting that even seeing the 3 NL MVP finalists, I still don't know which is gonna win. I'd guess Goldschmidt but it's possible there were enough split Cards votes that Manny snuck in.

I not only regularly forget how good Urias is but he usually doesn't even come to mind as a top Dodger starter.
   7. gehrig97 Posted: November 08, 2022 at 06:49 PM (#6104849)
Oh, it's Verlander by a mile. The only question is if it's unanimous (unlikely, but not that unlikely). Even without the narrative, his performance is Cy-worthy -- and boy, what a narrative.

   8. cardsfanboy Posted: November 08, 2022 at 06:52 PM (#6104850)
It feels like this list was about the easiest thing in the world to predict. We all knew who the NL MVP finalist was going to be, we absolutely know who is going to win the NL Cy Young (If Alcantara doesn't win it unanimously then there should be an investigation) We knew who the three finalists are going to be in the AL MVP, same with the NL roy, AL roy of the year finalists was pretty obvious on at least two, with Julio Rodriguez more than likely winning.

Manager of the year is always the tricky stuff of course, Hyde should walk away with it in the AL, in the NL though either of the East guys have a strong chance, I think Snitker wins it though.

(speaking of which) Predictions.

AL MVP (this is the toughest to call I think.) Judge.
NL MVP Goldschmidt
AL Cy Verlander
NL Cy Alcantara
AL Roy Rodriguez
NL Roy Strider (although that goes against my gut feeling of Harris as I think the roy has historically valued position players over starting pitchers, but in another thread I got turned around on this particular year)
AL Moy Hyde
NL Moy Snitker
   9. Cooper Nielson Posted: November 09, 2022 at 01:25 AM (#6104874)
Moy Snitker

I think I saw his show in the Catskills.

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