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Mid Season MLB Awards

11 July, 2023

The All-Star break is presently taking place in the Major League Baseball season of 2023. The season’s “true halfway point” is actually a few weeks in the past, but the break is a natural time for us to put the “first half” of the season behind us and start thinking about the “second half.”

Looking at the standings of each of the major prizes is one of the things we consider when taking stock. The “first half” award winners will now be announced. Remember that these are not forecasts and contain no mention of sustainability or any such phrase. These decisions are solely based on how each player performed during the first half. If you must, pretend that the season is over.

We advance using the phony hardware.

American League MVP: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani

The only arguments against Ohtani would come from those who are either unaware of the situation or deliberately want to avoid mentioning him for any number of reasons.

Ohtani leads the league in home runs (32), triples, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, total bases, and offensive WAR while batting over.300. He has 71 runs batted in, 63 runs scored, and 11 bases stolen in 15 attempts. That is a strong MVP argument on its own. Additionally, he has a pitching record of 7-4, a 3.32 ERA (133 ERA+), a 1.10 WHIP, and 132 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings.

He is, naturally, annihilating everyone in WAR when you add it all up. If you disagree with WAR, consider if the league’s two most valuable players in terms of hitting and pitching were the same person and, if so, whether anyone else is even remotely comparable.

The Angels are within reach and were actually in postseason position until a few days ago, so the whole “his team has to be in playoff contention” argument doesn’t really hold up in this case.

There isn’t a valid defense for Ohtani.

Everyone is involved, but we’ll include a select names for the down-ballot. Bo Bichette of the Blue Jays, Wander Franco of the Rays, Luis Robert of the White Sox, Adolis Garca of the Rangers, José Ramrez of the Guardians, Corey Seager of the Rangers, and

National League MVP: Ronald Acua Jr.

Acua is leading the majors in runs scored with 79 while batting.331 with 21 home runs. Despite hitting leadoff, he has knocked in 55 runs and leads the league with 41 base steals. He also holds a commanding lead in WAR and leads the league in OPS, OPS+, total bases, times on base, and OPS. He is second in average, third in OBP, and second in slugging because he is such a complete hitter.

The Braves are baseball’s best team for fans who value teamwork. They have a lot of talent, without a doubt, but Acua is by far and away their best player. He has continued to be the simple and clear NL MVP throughout the whole season.

Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers, Luis Arraez of the Marlins, Corbin Carroll of the Diamondbacks, Matt Olson of the Braves, and Juan Soto of the Padres are also participating.


American League Cy Young: Astros pitcher Framber Valdez

It will be a lot of fun to track this award in the second half of the season rather than continuously, furiously arguing for someone because the margin for error is razor narrow and I’d accept arguments for a few other pitchers. Who am I kidding, really? Everyone will choose a horse, but I can dream. Instead of having fun, everyone will just argue.

Valdez leads the league in ERA and ERA+ while trailing just by 6 2/3 innings. In several important categories, including the top five in many, he ranks among the top ten. As I already stated, this race is quite tight, therefore there isn’t a correct response at this time, but I like Framber.

Ohtani, Gerrit Cole, Shane McClanahan, Nathan Eovaldi, Sonny Gray, Kevin Gausman, Nathan Eovaldi, Rangers, Shane McClanahan, and Shane McClanahan are more contenders.


National League Cy Young: Zac Gallen, Diamondbacks

I prefer to have a heavy workload while restricting the opposition with excellent rate metrics. In addition to leading the NL in WHIP and ranking sixth in ERA, Gallen leads the majors in innings pitched. What a fantastic case.

Other contenders are Bryce Elder of the Braves, Blake Snell of the Padres, Marcus Stroman of the Cubs, Justin Steele of the Cubs, and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.

Josh Jung of the Rangers won the American League Rookie of the Year.
For a club in first place, Jung is maintaining a middle-of-the-order position while batting.280 with a.504 slugging percentage. In 88 games, he has hit 19 home runs, collected 56 RBI, and played excellent third base defense. Even if it’s not a rout, I believe Jung to be the undisputed victor in this contest, despite the presence of competitors.

Additionally included are the Astros’ Hunter Brown, Rays’ Luke Raley, Red Sox’ Masataka Yoshida, Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson, and Orioles’ Yennier Cano.

Corbin Carroll of the Diamondbacks won the National League Rookie of the Year award.
I automatically entered the names of three winners for each award listed. The first two were the MVPs, and this one came in third.

Carroll is the only rookie here with such a strong full-season record, though there are surely other NL rookies worth mentioning, like almost the whole Reds club. In 86 games, he has hit.289/.366/.549 (148 OPS+) with 20 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 48 RBI, 63 runs, 26 stolen bases, and 3.8 WAR. He has also appeared in 86 games. Although there is concern about how his shoulder will hold up in the future, the 86 games he has already played have given him a significant advantage.

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