MLB Sports Roundtable: Award Races
In this version of the MLB Sports Roundtable, we have polled our experts asking them who should win each award in the AL and NL. In this article there are many deserving candidates for the American League awards, and our experts have differing opinions on them.
1. Who will win the MVP in the AL?
Dan Schalk: I would go with Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays. The year he has put up with the most RBI in the AL, 40+ HR, to go along with Toronto heading to the postseason for the first time in over twenty seasons, should guarantee him the award.
Colby Gatz: I believe that the AL MVP should go to Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is having a monster year with 40 home runs, 120 RBI and is also hitting .301 in his first year in Toronto.
Landin Murphy: Without question the AL MVP is Josh Donaldson. He’s leading the league in Runs, RBI and Total Bases. Toronto should be the favorite to reach the World Series, and he’s a big part of why.
2. Who will win the Cy-Young in the AL?
Dan Schalk: Dallas Keuchel. The Astros ace not only sports the best beard in sports but his 2015 season ranks as one of the best in MLB and Houston history. He is undefeated at home and owns a 19-8 overall record with a 2.47 ERA, bringing the Astros from cellar dwellers to title contenders.
Colby Gatz: David Price has been absolutely dominant since joining the Blue Jays at the end of July and deserves the AL Cy-Young Award. He has an 8-1 record since the trade and has been one of the biggest reasons why Toronto is leading the AL East.
Landin Murphy: I’m sticking with another Toronto guy here. David price has the lowest ERA, most wins and innings pitched in the AL. He’s simply the best all-around pitcher in the American League.
3. Who will win the ROY in the AL?
Dan Schalk: Another Astro makes the list, Carlos Correa should hands-down be named ROY. The 20-year-old shortstop is the most gifted player I have watched play in ages and will likely go down as one of the best ever (Jeter territory) and his rookie numbers prove it. Hitting 20+ HR’s and 60+ RBI and he has only been with the club since June.
Colby Gatz: Carlos Correa has been a great addition to the Astros since getting called up in early June. He has been a major contributor to Houston’s run for the playoffs and his terrific production is why I believe he should be the AL Rookie of the Year.
Landin Murphy: Even though Carlos Correa has played barely over 90 games, he’s already established himself as one of the best players in the game. Playing a valuable middle infield position, like short stop, makes his offensive production look ridiculous. Expect big things in the future.
4. Who will win Manager of the Year in the AL?
Dan Schalk: This will be a tight race, but the winner will come out of the AL West and I like Jeff Banister to win the award. The job he has done with a depleted Rangers roster due to injuries is remarkable. If they end up winning the division he deserves the honor.
Colby Gatz: The AL Manager of the Year Award could go to a number of different managers, but in my opinion, A.J. Hinch should win the award. Hinch is leading the Astros to a surprising playoff push in 2015 and with the young talent on the roster, there is no reason to think he can’t lead them to this point for years to come.
Landin Murphy: Most of the AL has underachieved this season. With that in mind, the Astros have overachieved relative to the preseason selections. A.J. Hinch has done a great job managing a lot of moving parts. Players have been brought up and sent down throughout the entire season; however, the winning has been a constant.
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