MLB 1st Half Award Winners and World Series Predictions
The All-Star break is upon us for MLB, which signifies the unofficial end of the first half of the baseball season. Players, teams and front offices have all made headlines and we will look back on the awards that should be handed out after a little more than three months of real game action. I will also make my World Series and playoff predictions at this point in the season.
AL MVP- Jose Altuve- Houston Astros
- He leads the AL in batting average (.341), hits (119), second in stolen bases (23), fourth in OBP (.413) and OPS (.954). Those numbers alone make him MVP-worthy, but he has committed only three errors, good for a .991 fielding percentage and has a WAR of 4.7 third best in all of MLB. He is a big part of the Astros turnaround from their dreadful start, and is the early favorite to take home the MVP at the end of the year.
NL MVP- Kris Bryant- Chicago Cubs
- The Cubs look to be serious World Series contenders and Bryant is leading the charge. He leads the NL in home runs (25), runs (73), third in RBI (65), total bases (190) and is top five in multiple other categories. There is no clear-cut candidate in the NL, but Bryant is making his case offensively and is showing versatility in the field playing everywhere from OF to 3B, even some 1B mixed in.
AL Cy-Young- Chris Sale- Chicago White Sox
- Sale may have struggled his last two starts, but the numbers he has put up in the first half are jaw-dropping. He is 14-3 on the year with a 3.38 ERA and leads the AL in IP (125), wins (14), and tied for first with three complete games in the first half. The White Sox are falling out of the playoff race but Sale is the most dominant pitcher in the AL.
NL Cy-Young- Clayton Kershaw- LA Dodgers
- No questions here right? Kershaw, despite his current stint on the DL has been lights out all season. He owns a minuscule 1.79 ERA the lowest in all MLB, a WHIP of 0.73 also the lowest in baseball, but the most impressive stat I noticed is his 16.11 strikeout to walk ratio. He is averaging 16 strikeouts to every walk he gives up. Once he returns from the DL, he should continue his dominating ways.
Manager of the Year
AL Manager of the Year- Terry Francona- Cleveland Indians
- The Indians were the hottest team in baseball in June and July, owning a 14-game winning streak during that time. Tito knows how to get the best out of his players, and that is shown by the no-name or ‘past-their-prime’ players who are contributing in their lineup. With a world-class rotation the Indians can be dangerous come fall.
NL Manager of the Year- Bruce Bochy- SF Giants
- It’s an even-numbered year which means the Giants are serious World Series contenders (took home the title in 2010, 2012 and 2014) and Bruce Bochy is showing why he is a Hall-of-Fame manager. The Giants own the best record at the midway point of the season (57-33) and have the offense to match their fantastic rotation.
AL East Champ: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Central Champ: Kansas City Royals
AL West Champ: Texas Rangers
AL Wild Card #1: Cleveland Indians
AL Wild Card #2: Houston Astros
NL East Champ: Washington Nationals
NL Central Champ: Chicago Cubs
NL West Champ: San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card #1: LA Dodgers
NL Wild Card #2: Miami Marlins
ALCS: Toronto Blue Jays over Texas Rangers
NLCS: San Francisco Giants over Chicago Cubs
World Series: San Francisco Giants over Toronto Blue Jays
Reasoning: Before the season started I made these same predictions and as you can see, I’m sticking firm with a lot of my selections. I had the Blue Jays as the World Champs in April and I still view them as a contender in the AL. Their opponent in the World Series has changed however, as I like the Giants to get the better of the Cubs mainly due to experience, and overall pitching depth. That pitching depth will also set them apart against Toronto as well— I have the Giants continuing their championship winning ways on even years.
The trade deadline on August 1st can swing one team one way or the other and can be crucial to a teams postseason success. Stay tuned to My Fantasy Sports Talk as we will keep you up-to-date on all MLB news.
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