Sports Roundtable: NL Award Races
In this edition of the Sports Roundtable we discuss the players and managers who could win the regular season awards, including MVP, Cy-Young, ROY, and Manager of the Year in the National League.
Who will win the NL MVP?
Dan Schalk: I don’t believe he should win it due to the collapse of his team, but Bryce Harper of the Nationals will win it. The season he put up numbers-wise deserves the award, but I like players who push their teams to the postseason like a Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals who put up great numbers, but not “MVP-worthy”.
Colby Gatz: Although Bryce Harper is having a great year, I think Yoenis Cespedes should be the NL MVP. He has absolutely changed the New York Mets offense and has been a huge reason why the Mets have past the Nationals in the NL East.
Landin Murphy: Although Yoenis Cespedes has had a great year, he can’t win here. Cespedes hasn’t played a full year with the Mets or even in the NL; voters have to consider that. Bryce Harper has been outstanding in 2015. He’s had a historic season, leading the NL is almost every major offensive category. All at the age of 22…
Tony Clements: While there has been a lot of talk of Yoenis Cespedes in the race for NL MVP, I believe he will end up in third place. Harper will win the award after his outstanding season hitting .336 with 41 home runs and 96 RBIs. If Nolan Arenado was able to pull up his batting average from .285 he would have given Harper a true run for the award.
Who will win the NL Cy-Young?
Dan Schalk: Jake Arrieta and it is not even close. His second-half of the season is better than almost any other pitcher in the history of the game, and definitely the most dominant I have ever seen. Just give it to him.
Colby Gatz: The Cubs have had a great 2015 season and one of the biggest reasons for the team’s success has been the pitching of Jake Arrieta. Arrieta is 22-6 record with a sub-two ERA, which shows how dominant he has been all year for Chicago and why I think he should win the NL Cy-Young Award.
Landin Murphy: The NL Cy Young is such a tough decision. No matter who gets the award, it’s going to feel like at least one player got robbed. I’m going to choose Jake Arrieta though, especially if he closes out the season strong. Zack Greinke has a lower ERA right now, but Arrieta’s will likely continue to drop. In addition, Arrieta has a strong lead in the strikeout department.
Tony Clements: The NL Cy Young race is going to come down to the wire and will be determined after Zach Grienke and Jake Arrieta’s last starts of the season. Both pitchers without a doubt deserve the award but in the end I believe that Arrieta will win the award in part to his 21 wins and 1.82 ERA.
Who will win NL ROY?
Dan Schalk: Kris Bryant is the only player who can be considered due to Joc Pederson’s historic second-half collapse. Bryant has a bright future ahead of him.
Colby Gatz: The NL Rookie of the Year Award could go to a many different players who have great seasons. In my opinion, Kris Bryant with his 26 home runs and 98 RBI’s should win the award because of his impact on the Cubs and his consistent production since being called up in mid April.
Landin Murphy: Without question Kris Bryant is the NL Rookie of the year. He plays a mar key position in third base, and the Cubs wouldn’t be where they are without him. He’ll get some MVP votes.
Tony Clements: The NL ROY award was ran away with by Kris Bryant after Joc Pederson’s struggles began after the all-star break. Not only has Bryant been key in the revitalization of the Cubs organization, he has handled it with poise and professionalism and has just kept doing his job. With only a few games left in the season, Bryant has hit .281 with 26 home runs and 99 RBIs.
Who will win NL Manager of the Year?
Dan Schalk: He’s not given a lot of credit but Mike Matheny in St. Louis had a great season. The Cardinals had the best overall record in MLB and were considered an afterthought after the Cubs and Pirates had fantastic seasons. Mike Matheny had less to work with and came out with a better record.
Colby Gatz: The NL Manger of the Year Award is also a very close call with many different managers having a lot of success in 2015. I believe that Terry Collins should win the award because of the success that the Mets have had this season.
Landin Murphy: Joe Madden needs to get some recognition for what his team has done this season. The Cubs are battling it out with some of the best teams in the NL and not backing down. No one expected the team to progress this quickly, and you can thank Madden for that.
Tony Clements: While the favorite for NL Manager of the Year is Joe Maddon, I feel as though Clint Hurdle of the Pirates should be considered as well. He has consistently gotten the Pirates to the playoffs after one of the longest droughts in American sports history and continued with it again this year. He may not have the most talented team but he plays the cards that are dealt to him and is able to be successful.
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