Midseason MLB Awards Unlikely Winners
|Written by Michael Gordon|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 07:27|
The 2012 MLB betting season has reached its midway point. With a plethora of players and teams surprising everyone with strong first haves to the season, the midseason MLB Awards are tougher to determine then we once thought. For instance, if the Wild Card play in games were to be played today, the Baltimore Orioles would take on the LA Angels in one game, while the LA Dodgers would take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. If that wasn’t enough, neither Baltimore nor Pittsburgh have performed this well in nearly 14 years. Today we will look at a few players who would take home individual awards if the season ended today.
In the American League, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano appears poised for his first MVP award. Cano has quietly carried the Yankees offense since the start of April when the team looked to be headed to the basement. With the likes of Josh Hamilton and Jose Bautista have strong years, Cano is a choice that not every sports betting news enthusiast may agree with. However, considering that Cano is on pace to break the home run record by a second baseman (43 in 1973) and extra base hits (90 by two players) he should be the MVP.
It also helps, that due to Cano’s consistency, the Yankees have been able to climb into the drivers seat in the ever daunting AL East. Cano also was able to catch the aforementioned Josh Hamilton, who has seemed to cool off over the past few weeks.
Over in the National League, things aren’t as clear-cut in the MVP race. Joey Votto remains the odds on favorite to win the award for the second time in his betting software career. Yet, many fans and media are arguing that Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and David Wright of the New York Mets are just as deserving of an MVP award. All three players do not have the best supporting cast, but have still managed to carry their teams into a favorable position. McCutchen in particular has been a model of consistency for one of the most inconsistent franchises in the world of sports. In theory, Votto will only receive the award, because he has the best batting statistics. But if it were based on merit, one has to believe that McCutchen would be the winner.
The American CY Young award winner will once again be the Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander. For the first time in nearly four years, when NL star Tim Lincecum won back-to-back CY Young awards, Verlander is poised to do the same. The 5Dimes statistics speak for themselves, as Verlander is an innings eater, strikeouts leader and complete games leader in the entire MLB. He’s also flirting with history, as Verlander has made 59 consecutive starts with a minimum of six innings pitched. Steve Carlton, who made 69 starts with an average of six innings pitched, holds the record.
In the National League, New York Mets journeyman RA Dickey has shocked the MLB up to this point. Despite missing out on a no hitter twice, Dickey leads the NL in wins, WHIP, WAR, and complete games and shutouts and is third in ERA. Entering the season, Dickey was a career 41 – 50 with an ERA over four. Nevertheless, the aforementioned statistics give him the best odds to win his first ever CY Young award. What’s more? Dickey is the only pitcher to not throw a wild pitch this season.