Awards Time… MLBRT 10/6

 

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It’s awards time. The regular baseball season is now ended and it’s time for the roundtable crew to pick who they think were the MVPs and the Cy Young’s in the American and National Leagues, respectively.

1) Who are your top two finalists for, and, who wins the AL MVP? Why? 

Archie1-300x277Archie: It will NOT happen but My vote is for Big Papi (another contender would be Miggy).

David Ortiz, on his farewell tour, gave us a memorable season. Led the league in RBIs,

David Oritz
David Ortiz

SLG, OPS, dbls, and IBB. His team finished 1st in the AL East, easily the toughest division in MLB. And, all the while, he did it at the ripe age of 40. I know there are the arguments for a DH to win any award but I would argue this, “IF the DH cannot be recognized for awards and the HOF, then why the hell does the AL continue to INSIST that the DH position is kept?” Use the DH rule just don’t “label” a player as DH only.

Dan 3Dan: My top two MVP candidates for the American League is Mookie Betts and Mike Trout. The winner will be Mike Trout, as I feel like he had a better season; was a more valuable player to a horrible Angels’ squad and put up great numbers.

Mookie Betts had other strong contributors on his team which helped him perform, namely Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, Rick Porcello pitching, etc.

Mike Trout
Mike Trout

E_J_-12-238x300Earl:
For sentimental value I’m going to have David Ortiz as one of my finalists. Big Papi has had the finest season a soon to be retiring player 
could have and is a huge reason why the Red Sox won the AL East.

I’d say Jose Altuve or Mike Trout, but, their teams did not make the playoffs and I think that’s important. So, with that said my second finalist would be Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, and, I think Donaldson will repeat as the AL MVP winner.

Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson

Steve-01-288x300Steve: Call me crazy here, but if I had a vote, I am going with David Ortiz of Boston. .315/38/127 is his line, in his final year in the major leagues. At 40 years old, David Ortiz had one of his best seasons ever and why not go out on top with an MVP award. I don’t care if he is a DH or not.
The runner up, is own teammate, Mookie Betts. .318/31/113. These two led Boston to yet another division championship, and between these two, Boston had one of the most feared offensive lineups in baseball. 

2) Who are your top two finalists for, and, who wins the NL MVP? Why?
Archie1-300x277Archie: Daniel Murphy and (I really don’t have a clear cut second runner). Murphy held the Nats on course this season while Harper struggled at times. His consistency along with Max Scherzer was what kept them in the hunt.  

Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy
Dan 3Dan: My top two MVP candidates for the National League is Kris Bryant and Daniel Murphy.
Murphy had a great season in Washington and helped lead their offense to the post-season despite an off season from Bryce Harper. 

Kris Bryant has been absolutely insane for the Cubs this season and I’m putting him as the winner. Him, along with some other key pieces to the offense, have helped lead the Cubs to the best record in baseball and the favorites, heading into the post-season, to win the World Series.

Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
E_J_-12-238x300Earl: Kris Bryant and Daniel Murphy would have to be the top two vote getters. Yes, Nolan Arenado has had a great season for the Rockies but I don’t think there are any two NL players more valuable to their teams this season than Bryant and Murphy. 

The winner? I’ll go with Kris Bryant. The Cubs had a great season, and Bryant is huge reason for that. 

Steve-01-288x300Steve: This was the hardest of them all because there are several candidates that are up for this award. 

Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado

Overall, I am going with Nolan Arenado, of the Colorado Rockies. Arenado hit .294 with a NL Leading 41 Home Runs, and 133 RBIS. While the Colorado Rockies only won 75 games, they were in the playoff discussion throughout the year and without Arenado, they are probably a 60 win team. 

Runner up, has to go to Kris Bryant. Bryant it .292 with 39 HR and 102 RBI, and was one of the key reasons that the Cubs sported the best record in baseball. He finishes runner up, and he did struggle down the stretch, while Arenado kept ripping the cover off the ball.

3) Who are your top two finalists for, and, who wins the AL Cy Young? Why?

J. A. Happ
J. A. Happ

Archie1-300x277Archie: Top two, Rick Porcello and J. A. Happ. Both 20 game winners. Both make playoffs.

Justin Verlander is very close, but I think it will matter that the Tigers did not make the playoffs.

Dan 3Dan: 
While I really want to say Rick Porcello or Justin Verlander in this, I think Zach Britton (who should’ve pitched in extra innings in Tuesday’s Baltimore-Toronto Wild Card game), and, Corey Kluber (who posted a 6.5 WAR – 1 win above everybody else).
Zach Britton
Zach Britton

I’m placing Kluber at number two, even though you can make a STRONG argument for him to win it,but, I can’t pass up the opportunity on giving a relief pitcher the Cy Young.

Britton had a year for the record books, only giving up four earned runs all season, had no blown saves and helped close out games for Baltimore in order to push them to the playoffs. Give it to the reliever, who Showalter screwed up not pitching. Ultimately, in my opinion, it cost them the game.

E_J_-12-238x300Earl:
In my mind it comes down to Rick Porcello or J.A. Happ. Both pitchers won at least 20 games, and both pitchers have under 10 losses. With that said, I have to go with Porcello. Starting pitching coming into the season was a question for the Red Sox, and he went out there and finished with a 22-4 record with an ERA of over 3. It’s hard to not say Porcello after a season like that.

Rick Porcello
Rick Porcello
  
Steve-01-288x300Steve:
My AL Cy Young winner is Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox. Porcello was the most consistent pitcher in baseball, sporting a 22-4 record, with an ERA of 3.15. There has not been a pitcher since John Burkett, in 1993, to win at least 22 games and not win the Cy Young award. I don’t see anything different this season.

Runner up may surprise you, I am going with Zach Britton, the closer of the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles clinched a playoff berth winning their 89th game on the last day of the season. Britton saved 47 games for the Orioles, and did not blow a save all year. I am always reluctant to put a closer in the top 5 of a Cy Young ballot, but, considering without him, I don’t think the Orioles are even sniffing the playoffs.

4)  Who are your top two finalists for, and, who wins the NL Cy Young? Why?

Kyle Hendricks
Kyle Hendricks
Archie1-300x277Archie: Damn sure hard to ignore the fact that you have two pitchers from the same team that is going to be competing for votes and they will probably end of eliminating each other. However, MY top two are Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester (hard to not put Max Scherzer in this discussion as well however). Their stats are obviously tops but their Cubbies won 100 games this season. Hopefully one of them will walk away with the gold and my pick would be Hendricks. Great stats for a great season and his team finished 1st overall. 

Dan 3Dan: 
This is another very tight race between Kyle Hendricks and Max Scherzer.

Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer

Ultimately, I’ll give it to Scherzer because he led the league in WHIP, WAR and strikeouts while being the primary ace on the Nationals squad while the Cubs had 3 top pitchers… Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and then Kyle Hendricks. Scherzer faced aces, was the leader in WAR… which shows value… had the best WHIP and just dominated. I believe Hendricks was a great pitcher, but he doesn’t beat out Scherzer. Not this year at least. 

Number three, and I would like to mention this, is going to be Jose Fernandez. He deserves this mention not only for what tragic event had happened, but also because of how dominant he was in keeping Miami’s playoff hopes alive along with having the best strikeout percentage in the league. 

E_J_-12-238x300Earl:
The award should go to Jose Fernandez. Yes, it will be awarded to him in absentia because of his tragic passing, but before he passed away last month he was having a statistically great season.
 

Noah Syndergaard was right there with Fernandez, based off of stats, but, I think the right way to honor Jose and his memory would be to bestow onto him the Cy Young.

Jose Fernandez)
Jose Fernandez)
Steve-01-288x300Steve: I have Max Scherzer winning the award, with Kyle Hendricks a close second.
 
I’ll start with Scherzer, who won 20 games once again in his career. He had a 20 strikeout game this season, and as far as dominance goes, no one else compares to Scherzer.
Hendricks, had a breakout season for his career, and while the win total was not something you typically see in a Cy Young winner, he led the league in ERA, and some would even say that he was Greg Maddux of 2016. He was able to pitch to the hitters without overpowering them.

5) Your opinion of this year’s MLB season… good, bad or indifferent?

Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman

Archie1-300x277Archie: For me it was a down year simply because my team was in a “rebuild” stage. However, I am excited for the Cubs fans this season and I wish them the best in their run for the WS title. I do think it will come down between them and the Red Sox; or at least, that is the two I want to see play for the crown.

I was happy to see Freddie Freeman have a career year. Hope it carries over into next season as the Braves open their new park. Think I will start calling him the “Louisville Hugger”

Dan 3Dan: 
This was a great season. I saw some great stuff and we lost several people.

Vin Scully
Vin Scully
Alex Rodriguez was forced to retire, we saw Barry Bonds re-emerge onto the baseball scene turning around the Marlins’ offense, Vin Scully announced his last season after 60+ seasons in the booth, we lost Jose Fernandez, experienced the Cubs finish the season with the best record in baseball and have the best shot at finally breaking their 100+ year long curse of failing to win a World Series title. The Brewers completed year one of their rebuilding process and have a TON of upside. I enjoyed this year thoroughly, more-so than I have in the past couple of seasons and I look forward to seeing what the post-season has in store for us. 

E_J_-12-238x300Earl:
I’d say it was a good season. We have the Cubs looking good, the Red Sox looking good, the Mets are back in the playoffs, the Yankees challenged, and a number of other historic clubs had fine seasons. I think the game is in a good spot heading into the postseason. Hopefully some magic happens to capture the public’s attention.

Another regular season in the books...
Another regular season in the books…

Steve-01-288x300Steve:  
I thought this season was great. You had some great storylines, an amazing season by the lovable losers in the Chicago Cubs. You had the two wild card races come down to the final day of the season. That alone, is worth the excitement of the season. You even saw tragedy struck with the passing of Jose Fernandez, which still I am in shock. We saw teams playing with fun and excitement, something that we have not seen in several years. I thought the season was great, and I’m looking forward to the post-season.

Extra Innings

The curse began…

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It was 71 years from today that  Tavern owner “Billy Goat” Sianis brought a box seat for his goat for Game Four of the World Series, one thing led to another and Sianis and the goat were escorted out of Wrigley Field. In retaliation Sianis casts a “goat curse” over the Cubs.

Oh… and… The Tigers tied the series on Dizzy Trout’s 4-1 win.

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