The MLB season is winding down, and as with any other sport, that means it’s time to talk about awards. Throughout the next few weeks, MLB will be handing out awards like the Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young for both the National and American League. So we’re going to give you our predictions on who we think will win each award.
AL Rookie of the Year: Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees
This is one of the easier awards to hand out. Last year, Aaron Judge won in a landslide, and this year, another Yankee will be taking home the award. It’ll come down to Andujar, Gleyber Torres, and Shohei Ohtani, but with Torres and Ohtani playing limited time this season, Andujar runs away with it. The rookie 3rd baseman is batting .298 with 26 home runs and 87 RBI, and has been a consistent force for a Yankees lineup that was banking on him being a good player. This really shouldn’t be close, Andujar wins, 10 out of 10 times.
NL Rookie of the Year: Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves
This is a two-man race and really came down to a coin flip, between Ronald Acuna Jr of the Atlanta Braves and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals. While Soto has better numbers, this award is going to Acuna because of the difference he’s made to the Braves, who are going to the playoffs. Soto is batting .405 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI, but is just posting a 2.1 Wins Above Replacement (WAR). While Acuna is batting .365 with 26 home runs and 60 RBI, but he has a 4.1 WAR. That WAR stat is enough to swing the pendulum and give this award to Acuna.
AL Cy Young: Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays
Snell has been lights out in a small market team, so he may not win the award, but I think he clearly deserves it the most. With a record of 21-5, he has the most wins in the league. But what is really astounding is that his ERA is 1.90, the lowest in the American League. Snell has been making hitters swing and miss all year, recording 211 strikeouts, and really made a push after the All-Star Game, going 9-0 with a 1.11 ERA, numbers that are unheard of. If Snell pitched for a more notable team, this would be a runaway, but since he plays in Tampa it could be close. Either way, Snell is putting up phenomenal numbers and I believe he deserves the Cy Young.
NL Cy Young: Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets
This award comes down to what happens tonight in DeGrom’s last start of the year. Last night, Max Scherzer threw down the gauntlet and recorded his 300th strikeout, something that would almost guarantee him the award. Almost. DeGrom has been phenomenal all year; however, he’s had no run support at all, which is why his record is 9-9. Should DeGrom pitch well tonight, but lose, if he wins the award, he would be the first player to win the Cy Young with a losing record. While Scherzer is 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA, DeGrom is 9-9 but is posting an outstanding 1.77 ERA. That ERA by itself should be enough to give DeGrom the award, but it wouldn’t hurt if he goes out this evening and gets a win.
AL MVP: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
Remember that WAR statistic from above? Betts is posting a 10.7 WAR, which is completely insane. He’s .343 with 32 home runs, 80 RBI, and 29 stolen bases. He’ll most likely get that 30th stolen base and join the 30/30 club. Really, all you have to do is watch the Red Sox play to realize how pivotal Betts is to their success, and how amazing of a player he is in general. Betts won’t be unanimous I don’t think, but he may come pretty close. There’s nobody else in the AL that stands a chance against him.
NL MVP: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
Really, another two-man race in the National League, between Javier Baez of the Cubs and Christian Yelich of the Brewers; however, Yelich won the award in the last couple of weeks as he hit for his 2nd cycle of the season, and has been batting .419 in the last two weeks. Overall, he’s batting .321 with 33 home runs and 104 RBI. He’s single handedly propelling the Brewers to the playoffs, and is an instant watch whenever he comes up to the plate. While Baez is putting up some great numbers himself, Yelich stole the show when he hit that 2nd cycle.