Who would you say are the front runners for post-season awards at the mid-way point? Mine:
MVP: Chris Davis: despite the fact that Miggy has actually been better than in '12, I think I have to go with Davis at this point. This is painful for me as he was on my fantasy team in '09, '10, and '11, then I gave up. A 60 HR pace right now is something special.
Honorable Mentions: Miggy, Trout
Cy Young: Max Scherzer: this one is pretty easy for me. In a season where more of the best pitchers have been in the junior circuit, Scherzer's star has shown brighter than the rest of his AL peers.
Honorable Mentions: Darvish, Sale, Iwakuma
Manager of the Year: John Farrell: okay, so maybe this is a bit of a homer pick, but even our biggest fans did not expect this team to have the best record in the American League after eighty-one games. Oddly, Tito may be his biggest competition.
Honorable Mentions: Terry Francona, Bob Melvin, Buck Showalter
Rookie of the Year: Jose Iglesias: this one I do not feel as a homer pick but rather as a situation where nobody has been better. I still expect Wil Myers to win it though as nobody came close to running away with it while he was down in AAA
Honorable Mentions: Nick Franklin, Oswaldo Arcia
MVP: Paul Goldschmidt: this one really was tough. There are so many really good candidates but nobody on the level of the top three from the AL who have separated themselves. Molina is his closest competition but there are many worthwhile candidates
Honorable Mentions: Ydier Molina, Buster Posey, Troy Tulowitzki, Joey Votto, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gomez
Cy Young: Matt Harvey: as with the MVP race, there are so many worthwhile candidates. The big difference here though is that Harvey has been so outstanding that to this point he is the easy choice for #1
Honorable Mentions: Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright, Patrick Corbin, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Locke (as absurd as that was to type)
Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle: the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in baseball through eighty-one game. No more explanation needed
Honorable Mentions: Nobody. When the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record through eighty-one games, this section remains empty
Rookie of the Year: Shelby Miller: similar to the NL CYA, there are many very worthwhile candidates, but Miller is so good that the top choice at this point is easy
Honorable Mentions: Jose Fernandez, Julio Teheran, Yasel Puig, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jedd Gyorko, Marcell Ozuna