Without getting into my division predictions, I want to share my thoughts on the different award contenders. I will try not to use many statistics since I know that freaks some people out…
Let us look at the American League first.
I believe it comes down to these guys: Josh Hamilton, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, and Evan Longoria. As most of you know I picked Longoria in the preseason, so I am still pulling for him. I know most people would say Hamilton, but I would have to give it to Cano. He is giving you similar production, but from the second-base position.
I picked Felix Hernandez and I honestly think he could end up winning, oh wait, he has a 9-10 record. That does not help his cause, even though he is still one of the best pitchers in the AL. The contenders: Clay Buckholz, David Price, Cliff Lee, and CC Sabathia. Lee has the unfortunate record as well, but he has been the best pitcher this season in the AL. Sabathia will probably win because he might end up with 20 wins, but if the Rays win the division, I could see David Price getting the award.
I picked Austin Jackson and he could win it. Although, I just realized that Neftali Feliz qualifies as a rookie. He could end up with 40 saves, on a division winner. Yeah, he will most likely win the award. He has been fantastic this year. Jackson started the year playing ridiculous. He then slumped for awhile and has now started coming back around.
And now on to the National League.
I think this comes down to Joey Votto and Albert Pujols. They are battling not just for one statistic as the overall leader, but instead they are having a race for the Triple Crown. It is such an impressive thing.
There are some good pitchers in the NL. I would say the debate will come down to Roy Halladay (my pick), Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, and Ubaldo Jimenez. If you give the award out at the All-Star break, Jimenez would probably have been handed the trophy. I still think Halladay is the best pitcher in the NL, but if Wainwright or Jimenez hit 20 wins, they might be seen as more deserving.
My pick of Alcides Escobar kind of sucks. At least I took Jason Heyward as my secondary pick. I think many people would have given him the award at the beginning of the year, but now I think you have to look elsewhere. Personally, I feel that Buster Posey is the best of the bunch (or maybe Starlin Castro, who I feel started out so slow, but I realize now is hitting over .300). However, I could see Jaime Garcia winning the award. I do not know how I feel about that though.