Cy Young and MVP Contenders


One of my good friends, Chris (follow him on Twitter @mrwsa11), and I have compiled a list of contenders for this year’s Cy Young and MVP awards in each conference.

A.L. Cy Young 

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Zach Britton (Baltimore)

The Orioles closer has been unreal pretty much all year. He has 40 saves, 62 strikeouts, and an insane 0.65 ERA. Since May 1st, Britton has only allowed one earned run, and is the clear cut favorite for the Cy Young.

Corey Kluber (Cleveland)

The Indians ace is sporting a win-lose record of 15 and 9, helping to lead the charge for the club’s rotation. With 198 strikeouts and an ERA slightly above 3, he may benefit from the fact that voters usually don’t consider voting for closers (i.e. Britton) for the Cy Young.

Rick Porcello (Boston)

With an outstanding 20-3 record, Porcello has the best record amongst all pictures. It has been a resurgent year for him as he leads the Red Sox staff.

N.L. Cy Young

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Max Scherzer (Washington)

The Nationals ace is top 5 in wins, strikeouts, WHIP, and ERA. He is also tied for the most wins in all of baseball. It’s hard to argue against him.

“The 3 Cubbies” (Chicago)

Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jake Arrieta are all candidates for the Cy Young. Lester is top 10 in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts. Arrieta is tied for wins in the N.L with Scherzer and Lester (16). The surprise, Kyle Hendricks, leads all of baseball in ERA. His pitching isn’t as dominate as the others, but he still makes it difficult for opposing batters.

A.L. MVP

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Jose Altuve (Houston)

The Astros captain and leader, is batting .339 on the year. He leads the MLB with 190 hits, and is boasting a career best with 22 home runs and 92 RBIs. He’s your complete player.

Josh Donaldson (Toronto)

The Blue Jays star continues to be a solid all-around player in the MLB. Doesn’t matter from his bat to his glove, he has the opportunity to win his second consecutive MVP.

Mike Trout (Anaheim)

The game’s best player continues to put on a show. With his amazing defense and great hitting, Trout has proved that he will continue to dominate the majors, night in and night out.

Mookie Beets (Boston)

Beets is hitting .315 on the year with career best in home runs and RBI’s. If Beets can lead the Red Sox to a division crown, he has a legitimate chance of  walking away with his first individual award.

N.L. MVP

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Kris Bryant (Chicago)

In only his second year in the league, Bryant has become one of the top hitters, fielders, and base runners in all of baseball. With his versatility in these categories, he has become a clear favorite for taking home the N.L. MVP.

Daniel Murphy (Washington)

Murphy leads the N.L. in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS. This makes him a viable candidate.

Nolan Arenado (Colorado)

He leads the N.L. in home runs and RBI’s for the second straight year. You can’t argue against those accolades.

Anthony Rizzo (Chicago)

Rizzo is on track to hit 30 homers and over 100 RBI’s for his second consecutive year. With him being the leader for the best team in baseball, he will continue to be a contender.

 

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Is It The Cubs Year?


Could it really be their year? Is it possible that the longest drought in the history of the 4 major sports could be over? Are we going to witness something so catastrophic that the results could alter history?

I’m not too sure about that last question but if the Chicago Cubs win the World Series it will definitely feel like it. Are there any people still alive when they last won a title back in 1908? (That happened before the Titanic sank). I may be a South Sider’s fan (White Sox), but I would want to see the Cubs to finally have their moment. My first baseball game was at Wrigley Field back in 6th grade. Sammy Sosa was the face of the franchise and Kerry Wood was the young phenom. I remember Glenallen Hill hit a home run to left field. I also remember the Cubs losing that game to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Like it or not and besides the New York Yankees, baseball is better when the Chicago Cubs are winning and playing in October. The Cubs haven’t made the playoffs since Alfonso Soriano was their cornerstone; haven’t won a playoff game since Steve Bartman was the center of attraction; haven’t been to a World Series since World War II; and haven’t won a World Series since the Wright Brothers were taking flight, and Henry Ford was working on his automobile. Just take a moment and let that sink in if you aren’t aware…… (taking a moment)……alright. Witnessing the collapse in 2003 against the Florida (now Miami) Marlins almost made me think that the North Siders were really cursed. One thing I can say throughout the years is that Cubs fans are probably the most loyal fans of all the 4 major sports in this country. Wrigleyville is always packed with rooftop seats, the 7th inning stretch,  and their signature ivy covering their back wall of the stadium.


This Cubs team seems to be different. They look hungry. They are playing with an edge. They are playing like they have nothing to lose and that can be dangerous for any of their opponents. When you have players like Anthony Rizzo (31 HR, 101 RBIs), Kris Bryant (26 HR, 99 RBIs), Jon Lester (11-12, 3.34 ERA, 207 Strikeouts), and CY Young candidate Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA, 236 Strikeouts), you see why they are a threat. After clinching a wild card spot and putting away the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Cubs find themselves down 1-0 the NLDS to their bitter rivals St. Louis Cardinals. The series is far from over, and throughout the years we found out the game is not over until the final out. Will the Cubs continue the same cycle that has lasted for generations or will the scene from the movie “Back to the Future II” come true?

JGood