The first half of the baseball season is over and it is time to evaluate.

Biggest Suprises

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles were perdicted to be in 4th or 5th place in the AL East, they have came out and actually was 1st place in the East. They have remained a threat in the East and also in the Wildcard. Can they keep it up in the second half and have one of the wildcard spots and be in the playoffs for the first time in the 21st century?

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox are the 1st place team in the AL Central, but with the Tigers locked and loaded it should be a dogfight tell the end. Players like Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, and Jake Peavy are gonna carry this team.

Pittsburg Pirates: The Pirates were in this same situation last year but failed in the 2nd half of the season. Andrew Mccutchen is leading the whole league in batting average and has led the Pirates queitly to first place. The Pirates are gonna have to play a full season to get to the playoffs and that is the question for the Pirates to answer in the 2nd half.

Biggest Dissapointments

Boston Red Sox: Boston Red Sox have been messed up with injuries to their team in both position players and their pitching. the baseball nation was expecting to see the Red Sox and the Yankees to fight for the AL East crown.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies have also been messed up with injuries and could not support their pitchers. he has been okay throught the season but has only has had 6 decisions. He has an average of 6 2/3 innings pitched a game. With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard back before the All Star break. The question is has the Phillies dug themselves in a hole they cant dig themselves out of.

Contenders for Awards

AL MVP

Josh Hamilton: Josh Hamilton has a .308 batting average, with 75 RBI’s, and 27 homeruns. He has made a case to be AL MVP even with his “slow” month of June.

Mike Trout: Mike Trout has put the energy back into the Angels and leading the AL in both batting average (.341) and in stolen bases (26) to put the Angels back into the Playoff race.

Justin Verlander: Justin Verlander has been the most consistent pitcher in the MLB and is the best player on the Tigers this year. Verlander has  a 9-5 record with 128 Strikeouts (tied for 1st in AL), 2.58 ERA (4th in AL), and a WHIP of .95 (2nd in AL).

AL Cy Young

Justin Verlander: (look at AL MVP)

Jered Weaver: Weaver finished the 1st half of the season with a 10-1 record and leading the MLB in both ERA (1.96) and WHIP (.90). Weaver also has a no hitter to go with his resume for the Cy Young Award.

NL MVP

Andrew Mccutchen: Has led the Pirates into first place as of the All Star break and is leading the League in average of .362, 3rd in the NL in runs with 58, tied for 4th in NL in Homeruns with 18, and 3rd in RBI’s with 60. He has got a huge advantage

Carlos beltran: Beltran has a .296 batting average 2nd in homeruns in the NL with 20, and leads the NL with 60 RBI’s. He has helped keep the Cardinals close in the NL Central race.

David Wright: David Wright has had a comeback year and has became a top 5 batters in some catagories. he has a .351 batting average (3rd in NL) and 5th in the NL in RBI’s with 59.

NL Cy Young

RA Dickey: Leads all of baseball with 12 wins, 2nd in the NL with 123 Strikeouts, 5th in the NL in ERA (2.40), and 1st in the NL in WHIP with a WHIP of .93.

Matt Cain: Matt Cain has a 2.62 ERA, a 9-3 record, 4th in the NL in Strikeouts with 118, and 2nd in the NL in WHIP with .96. He also has a perfect game to go on that resume.

 

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