National League Awards

…same full disclosure as previous years:  The Blowhard watches a whole helluva more American League baseball than National League.  This is probably going to be short, but sweet!

Most Valuable Player:

  1. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee
  2. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
  3. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta
  4. Nolan Arenado, Colorado
  5. Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee
  6. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
  7. Trevor Story, Colorado
  8. Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati
  9. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis
  10. Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati

Honestly kind of a thin class, from what I can tell.  Yelich was on fire down the stretch and that allowed him to pull away.  Baez seems like a clear-cut second choice, especially when you throw in his defense.  #3-#7 could maybe go in any order.  Arenado is the third finalist in real life.  But I continuously penalize hitters from Colorado.  I’m sorry.  That hurts Story of course as well.  We picked Freeman third over Goldy mainly because Atlanta was in the playoffs.  Aguilar had a monster year as well and the Brewers were of course also in the playoffs.  I don’t know.  Let’s leave them as is for lack of a better explanation.

#8-#10 had good numbers and I suppose you could mix them in any order also.  We didn’t find any NL pitchers worthy of MVP consideration.  And your guess is as good as mine if we had to make a #11 pick.

Cy Young:

  1. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
  2. Max Scherzer, Washington
  3. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia
  4. Kyle Freeland, Colorado
  5. Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta

Nola had a great year, but it’s really down to Jacob and Max.  deGrom was on a putrid team, so his 10-9 record doesn’t look good.  But his peripherals, including a sparkling 1.70 ERA, look amazing.  Scherzer’s ERA of 2.53 is, of course, nothing to sneeze at.  300 K’s for Max isn’t either.  But Jake struck out 269.  WHIP’s are almost identical.  Someone else wrote this and I cannot remember who, but it may have been more fun if deGrom didn’t win his final two starts and finished at 8-9 and won the Cy.  But that being said, he gets it in a close vote.  Nola was a clear-cut third.

#4-#8 I feel like you could have picked out of a hat.  #6-#8 in some order would have been Patrick Corbin, Arizona, Zack Greinke, also of Arizona, and Miles Mikolas of St. Louis.  These guys all had similar numbers across the board.  We picked Freeland fourth because unlike Colorado hitters, we need to give Colorado pitchers extra credit for having great years there.  Folty gets fifth because his team made the playoffs, really nothing more.

Rookie of the Year:

  1. Ronald Acuna, Atlanta & Juan Soto, Washington
  2. Walker Buehler, LA Dodgers

Talk about similar numbers, Acuna and Soto had them as well.  Even plate appearances, where Acuna had 487 and Soto had 494.  Acuna had a handful more homers and had more steals.  Soto had a better average.  .923 OPS for Soto versus .917 for Acuna.  I say give them both a piece of this award this year and then let’s see them battle it out for the next decade plus for MVP awards.  I did not pay any mind to Buehler’s fantastic Game 3 World Series start since you know we aren’t supposed to count that.  But he slightly beat out St, Louis’ Jack Flaherty for third place here.  Jack threw 13 2/3 more innings, but Walker got him in ERA (2.62 to 3.34) and WHIP (0.96 to 1.11).  Good enough for me.  A half of season from Franmil Reyes in San Diego was nice, and I’m sure promising for Padre fans.  But not enough to get him in the top three.

Manager of the Year:

  1. Brian Snitker, Atlanta
  2. Gabe Kapler, Philadelphia
  3. Craig Counsell, Milwaukee

Snitker won 18 more games than last year and got the Braves into the playoffs.  And I’ve never heard of him.  I thought Bobby Cox still managed the Braves?  Ok, kidding there, but this was an easy choice.  Kapler didn’t make the real cut, but you can’t ignore the 14 win improvement over the last manager.  Not to mention he had the Phils inexplicably in the mix until a late-season collapse.  Counsell’s team won 10 more games than he did last year, so that gives him third over a real-life finalist, Bud Black.  Black only won 4 more games.

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About mpdenton

I am a passionate and life long fan of the local teams...and by local I mean New England. I remember the days of Ray Bourque, Larry Bird, Steve Grogan and Wade Boggs...meaning I have lived the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene. With all this pent up Boston sports emotion, I clearly have a lot to say about the local teams and sometimes about sports in general. Maybe even the Revolution... I appreciate you reading my blog and hope you enjoy my rants.

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