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LTSB’s 2011 MLB Award Winners (According to US)

11/02/2011 at 1:53 pm By

After the conclusion of the 2010 MLB season, we brought you our inaugural predictions for Major League MVP and Cy Young award winners. I can proudly say that I was three out of four in my selections, with the only exception being Felix Hernandez and his 13-12 record as the only one I didn’t predict (although my pick of David Price was second in the voting). So now that without further ado, here are our choices for 2011 award winners (post season performance excluded):

AL MVP - Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox / .321, 32 HRs, 105 RBIs, 39 SB, 119 Runs
Statistically no other player in the American League had as complete an offensive season as the Red Sox young center fielder. Hefinished in the top five in almost every important category except RBI’s, and even in that category Ellsbury finished 6th from the leadoff spot. Even as the Red Sox collapsed down the stretch Ellsbury was an anchor, batting .358 with 8 home runs and 21 home runs in September. Ellsbury played excellent defensively, taking home his first Gold Glove award in 2011. Ingredients for an MVP season in my book. Runner up – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

NL MVP – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers / .324, 39 HRs, 126 RBIs, 40 SB

Put the Dodgers ownership circus aside for a second. Now look at the National League batting statistics. Who’s name do you consistently see in the top 5 for everything? Matt Kemp. Batting average? Kemp finished third with .324. On-base percentage? Kemp’s .399 was fourth. Slugging? Kemp finished second (.586). Home runs, runs scored, and runs batted in? Kemp’s 39, 115 and 126 led the senior circuit, respectively. Kemp was the only real threat in a patchwork Dodgers lineup and still managed to put up exceptional numbers while winning a Gold Glove and missing just one game. I also give Kemp the edge as he didn’t have the luxury of Prince Fielder-type protection. Runner up – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers / 2.40, 24-5, 250 K’s

This pick was a no-brainer. Verlander faced stiff competition in the Cy Young race from Jared Weaver until Weaver hit a slump in August and at that point it seemed like Verlander just got more dominant. Verlander won his last 12 decisions en route to winning the most games in the Majors since randy Johnson in ’02 (24). Verlander won the AL pitching “Triple Crown”, leading the league in ERA, wins and strikeouts. Verlander also was a workhorse, leading the league in innings pitched and only walking 57 batters. Not to mention the no-hitter he threw against the Blue Jays back on May 7th. I would be shocked if he didn’t take the Cy Young unanimously. Runner Up – Jared Weaver, Los Angeles Of Anaheim

NL Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers / 2.28, 21-5, 248 Ks

The Dodgers lefty was absolutely masterful in 2011. He was responsible for over 25% of the Dodgers 82 wins while leading the NL in Triple Crown categories (1st in wins, era and strikeouts). Kershaw only lost back to back starts once all season and went an impressive 12-1 with a 1.31 ERA in 14 starts following the all-star break. Similar to his MVP candidate teammate Matt Kemp, Kershaw also won a Gold Glove. His Cy Young campaign may not be unanimous like Verlander, but the voting shouldn’t be close either. Runner Up – Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Disagree? Drop us a comment with who you think is more deserving and why!

-ALR

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