Prince and Mags headline my midseason awards
Posted: Tuesday July 10, 2007 4:42PM; Updated: Tuesday July 10, 2007 4:48PM
And now for the envelopes ... the awards for a rather interesting first half in which the New York Yankees are as far removed from a playoff spot as the Pittsburgh Pirates. (For my complete ballots for the four major awards in each league, check out this week's SI.)
NL: Prince Fielder, Brewers. Impact player for the homer happy Brewers leads the league in homers and slugging and might become the youngest player ever to hit 50 homers.
AL: Magglio Ordonez, Tigers. Hitting .367 and taking aim at 76-year-old record of 67 doubles by Earl Webb -- all for a first-place team that might break the 73-year-old franchise record for runs (957).
Cy Young Award
NL: Jake Peavy, Padres. Just one win and three earned runs away from the first-half pitching Triple Crown. And it's not because of Petco Park. Peavy's road ERA: 0.94. Peavy has allowed only three home runs. No pitcher since Greg Maddux in 1994 has thrown 200 innings while allowing no more than six home runs.
AL: Dan Haren, A's. The AL ERA leader (2.30) went 16 straight starts without a loss before dropping his most recent one.
Rookie of the Year
NL: Hunter Pence, Astros. Leads the league in hitting (.342), earning the edge over impressive Ryan Braun of Milwaukee.
AL: Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles. He's a man on a mission; not the two-year Mormon mission he spent in Spain, but the one to prove the Indians were wrong to drop him from their roster this year. Not bad so far: his 0.91 WHIP is the best in baseball among all qualifiers.
Manager of the Year
NL: Bud Black, Padres. The Padres have won a staggering 17 games without scoring more than three runs. No contender operates on a thinner margin.
AL: Mike Scioscia, Angels. The Angels have more wins and more runs through 88 games than in any season in franchise history -- and they've done so with fewer home runs than any team in the league except Kansas City.