Well, they’ve played 40-something games. I started discussing this with OPRJ. Here are my 1/4 season award winners…
AL - Ricky Romero NL - Ubaldo Jimenez The AL race has more players in the running, but Romero is second in the league in strikeouts, FIP and VORP and leads in WAR. He does better stacked up against the competition than anyone else. And I don’t like Doug Fister because his BABIP is third lowest in the league and he’s tied for 56th in the league in strikeouts. My 2 and 3 slots are John Danks and David Price. In the NL, Ubaldo leads in ERA, WHIP, Wins, VORP and is second in WAR. 2 and 3 belong to Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum.
AL - Justin Morneau NL - Andre Ethier These were pretty easy. Morneau leads in almost everything and when Ethier got hurt he did lead in everything.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
AL - Austin Jackson
NL - Jaime Garcia
I overheard an announcer say, “Let’s cut to the chase and give Jason Heyward the Rookie of the Year Award now.” Not so fast. Jaime Garcia is a rookie pitcher on the Cardinals and he’s playing better than any other rookie in the National League right now. Austin Jackson - the guy Jay-Z complained to Eminem about - had a brief run at the AL batting title. He won’t keep it up, but 1/3 of the way in, he edges out Wade Davis of the Rays as the AL Rookie of the Year.
See you at the All-Star Break.