First-Half Award Winners

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American League 

MVP: JD Martinez 

Martinez and Fenway Park have been a match made in heaven. Martinez had already exploded onto the scene before he signed with Boston, but this was always rumored to be an eventual relationship and even though it took longer in the off season than people thought, it has worked perfectly. Martinez it hitting .328, is tied for the AL lead with 29 home runs (Jose Ramirez) and has the AL lead in RBIs, sitting at 80 going into the break, which is 10 above the next closest person. He has been the best hitter on the team with the best record in the league and while you of course can’t count out Mike Trout for this award in any given year, I think Martinez has just done too much so far not to be the AL MVP.

Cy Young: Luis Severino

Severino is on a great pace for the All-Star break with 14 wins and while I know you can’t put too much stock into wins, he also has a 2.31 ERA, which is good for fifth in the American League and he is sitting at seventh in the AL in strikeouts with 144 and he only has 32 walks. A case could be made for a number of great pitchers in the American League to win this award, but I think Severino has just been slightly better than the rest of the field, but this award will continue to be up for grabs all season.

Rookie of the Year: Gleyber Torres 

He was one of the top prospects in baseball and early in the year it was a question of when and not if he would get the call up to the majors, and when that happened he has taken off and not looked back. He has taken over the second base job, which was one of the few weak spots on the team entering the season and he has hit .294, while hitting 15 home runs, which is good for fifth on the team that has hit the most home runs in baseball, and he has driven in 42 runs.

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National League

MVP: Nolan Arenado

The Rockies star third baseman has been one of the best players in baseball for a while now, but he still doesn’t have an MVP award to show for it. I think that will change this year. He of course plays probably the best third base in the league, but on top of that he is second in the NL in home runs with 23 (Jesus Aguilar) and is tied for fourth in the NL with teammate Trevor Story in RBIs with 68. He does so much to help make the Rockies a playoff contender and this is the year he will finally break through and get an MVP award as long as he stays on this pace, because Freddie Freeman is right behind him.

Cy Young: Jacob deGrom

deGrom has been amazing this year. Best starting pitcher in baseball, but he’s not getting a lot of recognition for it because he pitches for the Mets, who have been an absolute dumpster fire this season. His ERA is an astounding 1.68 and even though he only has five wins, he has just been so good that it can’t be ignored. He’s second in the NL in strikeouts and while he is 33 strikeouts behind Max Scherzer, he has just been so good that he deserves this award.

Rookie of the Year: Josh Hader

This Brewers reliever has been striking out everyone this season. He has an amazing ERA of 1.50, but what’s even more impressive than that is that he is third in all of baseball among rookies in strikeouts. As a reliever! He has 89 punch-outs on the season and he has some of the nastiest stuff you will see in the game. He has also been valuable for the team because he racked up seven saves earlier this year while Corey Knebel was injured.

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