So, after finishing up my predictions for how the season will end (with the Tigers as world champions), I figured I ought to give my predictions for who will win the big awards for 2013. I’m going to cover 4 awards – Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP. So, here goes:
Manager of the Year: Ned Yost (KC) – he leads Kansas City to their first non-losing season in a decade, and actually pushes them closer to the brink of the playoffs than they’ve been in almost 25 years.
Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers (TB) – due to a lack of offensive production, Tampa Bay calls up Myers in early May, and he’s an immediate asset in their lineup. He drives in runs, and has excellent plate discipline for someone his age (22). Batting in front of Longoria, he bats .292 with 23 HR, 89 RBI, and a .901 OPS.
Cy Young: Felix Hernandez (SEA) – finally getting some reasonable run support, “King Felix” sets a personal best with his first 20-win season. He finishes the year 20-8, with a 2.97 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 231 K’s (leading the league in W’s & K’s).
MVP: Prince Fielder (DET) – in the midst of a vaunted lineup, Fielder is the linchpin for the eventual World Series winners. He leads the league in OPS (1.060), while batting .308 with 37 HR and 140 RBI (also a league-best).
Manager of the Year: Fredi Gonzalez (ATL) – the Braves win the best division in the National League, and end up back in the World Series for the first time since 1999.
Rookie of the Year: Shelby Miller (STL) – pitching at the back end of the rotation, Miller benefits from a lack of pressure and competition. He finishes the season 16-9, with a 3.31 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 177 K’s.
Cy Young: Matt Cain (SF) – he turns in the best performance of his career, finishing the season 19-4 with a 2.21 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 202 K’s.
MVP: Pablo Sandoval (SF) – finally putting it all together, Sandoval plays a full, injury-free, season in San Fran, and has the best season of his career. He wins the batting title, batting .323 with 31 HR and 112 RBI, and leads the league with a .981 OPS.