With the All-Star Game approaching and the midway point of the season underwraps, it’s time to hand out the midseason awards! Both leagues have picked up heat and division races might come down to the wire.
National League MVP: Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy, former Met and the man who literally carried his entire team into the World Series with his bat and defense. Murphy who is currently on the Washington Nationals, is officially a Met killer. At one point, Daniel Murphy was hitting over .400 to start the year, currently sit atop the National League with a .351 batting average and an on-base percentage of .982. That bat isn’t a joke with 104 hits already and also having 53 RBI’s and 14 dingers.
National League CY Young: Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner is finally having himself a CY campaign this year and the only reason he is ranked higher than Clayton Kershaw is because now with Kershaw down and possibly out for longer after the All-Star Gam. Bumgarner is 10-4 with a 0.964 WHIP and a 1.94 ERA with two home runs and five RBI’s on the season. Madison Bumgarner will continue to shock us all.
American League MVP: Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve is arguably the best hitter in baseball. The little guy packs a punch standing only at 5’5 and already with 111 hits on the year. Altuve finishes the month of June strong batting a .420 and 42 hits in only 26 games. His numbers for the season are .357/.432/.572 with 39-extra base hits and 21 stolen bases on only 24 attempts. For a little guy, he also has hit 13 home runs and although it might not match the American League high of 23 home runs, to be only 10 home runs shy speaks volumes about a player who does anything and everything to get on base. He will work you in the count, he will test you with his speed and he doesn’t play games on defense either.
American League CY Young: Chris Sale
Chris Sale’s is the best pitcher in all the American League. He leads all pitchers in wins with 13, including the National League pitchers in just 16 of his starts. He has the most innings under his belt with 113. Sale’s has an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 0.98. Although he is a 4-time all star, he did win AL Strikeout leader and after this season hopes to have a CY Young under his belt.
As the second half of the season begins and the All-Star game will soon come, we will soon see if the races for these awards stay the same or who creeps their way on in. Second half, where winners and champions are made.