2019 Awards Thread

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Early, I know, but if I post this on the 2018 thread, someone may complain...Yellinger is shaping up to be quite an MVP race. Two HR for Yelich tonight, one for Bellinger, close in many basic categories.

https://www.mlb.com/news/bellinger-yelich-competing-for-triple-crown

clemenza, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 03:58 (two weeks ago) link

those two are really close in a lot of categories. It's tough to say since Bellinger is really having an insane season but Yelich just keeps hammering the ball. It will really come down to the last couple weeks. There's nobody else who's even close to them.

Trout's closest competition is Bogaerts, I guess. Maybe Bregman. This seems to be a pretty obvious landslide for him.

Verlander ahead of Cole. Looks like Verlander will clear 20 wins too.

Ryu, unless he collapses. In which case it might be Scherzer, if he goes on a hot streak.

omar little, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 05:01 (two weeks ago) link

Posnanski posted Yelich's totals for the last 162 games today: .339/.431/.713, 38 doubles, 6 triples, 61 homers, 138 runs, 140 RBI, 32 SB...105 XB hits!

I thought Scherzer was a clear pick over Ryu when Scherzer went down, but he's probably fallen behind by now. Trout unanimously (not that he needs it, but Bogarts/Devers splitting votes further ensures that); Verlander right now for sure, but there's still time on that one.

clemenza, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:20 (two weeks ago) link

Ryu just hit the IL, not sure how long he'll be there

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:40 (two weeks ago) link

fWAR

Scherzer 5.6
deGrom 4.6
Strasburg 4.0
Ryu 3.9

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:51 (two weeks ago) link

FIP

Scherzer 2.08
Ryu 2.84
deGrom 2.85

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

Ryu seems to be locking down the Cy Young Award, after today he's 12-2 with an ERA of 1.46 -- though he's 9-0 and 0.82 at home.

omar little, Sunday, 11 August 2019 23:40 (one week ago) link

Washington has 46 games left, and Scherzer's throwing a simulated game Tuesday. Which means, what? Deduct another 10 games and he's got 7 or 8 starts left? He'll probably end up ahead in WAR, but still tough if Ryu posts a sub-2.00 ERA with 16 or 17 wins.

clemenza, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:36 (one week ago) link

I mean, I know wins don't matter anymore, but except in extreme cases like deGrom last year--where the low-win guy is clearly and demonstrably the best pitcher in the league--I sense they still count for a little? I don't know--it evolves with each situation.

clemenza, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:41 (one week ago) link

I’m totally still in the camp that Scherzer is capable of winning and Ryu can of course go on a bad streak that would wreck his numbers. But w/Scherzer still out and that Madduxy ERA I think the voters are obv gonna need some reasons to not give it to Ryu.

omar little, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:48 (one week ago) link

Ryu has only 8 IP more than Scherzer even with the missed time.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 12 August 2019 12:00 (one week ago) link

NL rookie race should be interesting between alonso, tatis and soroka

gonna be tough for ppl to look past all of alonso's homers (especially if he ends up leading the league)

mookieproof, Monday, 12 August 2019 13:19 (one week ago) link

Normally--not this year--Bryan Reynolds would have a shot. (The only reason I'm even aware of him is because I clicked on Bo Bichette's draft round this morning--same round as Alonso.) He's actually about even with Alonso in WAR.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:12 (one week ago) link

If all four of those guys end up with 5.0+ WAR (all are presently on pace to do so), would that rank with the greatest rookie crops ever for one league? Have to believe that's relatively rare.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:19 (one week ago) link

carson kelly and chris paddack and keston hiura have also been good

i guess yordan alvarez is gonna run away with the AL RoY despite not debuting until june 9

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:17 (one week ago) link

I guess Play Index could answer the question I posed above--four rookies over 5.0 WAR in one league--but I don't know how to do that.

Here's one round-up of the best rookie classes ever:

https://www.mlb.com/news/best-rookie-classes-in-mlb-since-1947-c295885062

They've got 2015 #1, both leagues. There were five guys over 4.0 that year in total, but only one, Kris Bryant, over 5.0.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:32 (one week ago) link

Yordan Alvarez has tied Joe Dimaggio's record for most RBIs through a player's first 46 games (51 RBIs).

— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 13, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:33 (one week ago) link

speaking of brian reynolds being overlooked/underrated, he has the fourth-highest OBP for the season so far after trout, yelich, and bellinger

na (NA), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:08 (one week ago) link

#1 in batting everage

na (NA), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:09 (one week ago) link


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