2012 Mid-season NL Awards
2012 NL Mid-season Awards
The other day I wrote about who I thought took home the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP for the first half of the American League. If you missed it, you should go back and read it :). If you are looking for who takes home the hardware in the National League then look no further than a paragraph below. A friendly reminder that these are my picks for the first half of the season. They don't necessarily mean that these are who I think will at the end of the year. There is still a lot of baseball left to be played.
Rookie of the Year
The rookie that everyone is talking about in the NL is Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The kid (he is 19 years old!) just played in the first of what will presumably be many All-Star games. He has put up exceptional numbers (.282/.354/472 with 10 steals) for someone with little minor league experience. When all is said and done he may win the award but he is not my choice here. My vote goes to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley. Believe it or not the rookie has been the best pitcher on the D'Back's staff (9-5, 3.04 ERA 1.09 WHIP). His low strikeout numbers (70 in 100 2/3 IP) are a bit troubling but he has been nothing short of magnificent this year.
Honorable mention: Harper; Zack Cozart SS Cincinnati Reds; Kirk Nieuwenhuis OF New York Mets
This one is a bit more clear than the ROY. It has to be R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. His initials don't stand for "really awesome" but that is exactly what he has been for the surprising Mets. The knuckler leads the league in wins (12), WHIP (0.93), complete games (3) and is tied for shutouts (2). He is also in the top 5 in strikeouts and ERA. He also released a book and climbed a mountain in the offseason. Maybe his initials should stand for really awesome. I mean, is there anything about him that isn't? I didn't think so.
Honorable mention: Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals; Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds, Matt Cain San Francisco Giants
To me this is easy. It is first baseman Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. The first baseman is among the leaders in every major offensive category in the league including an insane .471 OBP. I can't even wrap my head around that number. The next closest is third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets at .441. What is even more remarkable is how little Votto's numbers are being discussed. He is the best player in the NL and may just be the best hitter in all of baseball. As long as he keeps playing at this level he should coast to his 2nd MVP award. He may just break the record for doubles in a season as well as he already has 35 entering play tonight.
Honorable mention: Wright; Ryan Braun OF Milwaukee Brewers, Andrew McCutchen OF Pittsburgh Pirates