Two months into the season needs to be means too early to begin speaking about MVP races or Cy Younger conversations, however that’s by no means stopped baseball followers earlier than.
So let’s have a look.
These are the gamers who we expect would win the award if the season ended yesterday, not who we expect will wind up with the award on the finish of the season.
NL Cy Younger
Jacob deGrom, Mets: Even by deGrom requirements — as lofty as lofty will get — the two-time Cy Younger winner’s 2021 numbers are simply jaw-dropping. He’s made eight begins, and his ERA sits at 0.71. His FIP (fielding impartial pitching) is 1.08. In 51 innings, he’s allowed simply 22 hits and 7 walks, whereas hanging out 82 batters. His 11.7 Ok/BB ratio is a profession finest, as is his 14.5 Ok/9 ratio. He’s but to permit a couple of run — and even 5 base runners — in any begin in 2021. He’s the simple selection, however that’s a ridiculous factor to say as a result of numerous pitchers are having stellar seasons up to now.
The others: It’s loopy to assume that Kevin Gausman and Brandon Woodruff have every made 11 begins, with 1.40 and 1.27 ERAs and three.5 and three.9 bWARs, respectively, however neither is the front-runner. Considered one of Woodruff’s rotation mates in Milwaukee, Corbin Burnes, has a 1.15 FIP, to go together with a 2.24 ERA and 11.6 Ok/BB ratio, and one other one, Freddy Peralta, has a 2.38 ERA with a 13.1 Ok/9 ratio. Neither is up prime. And now we have but to even point out Miami’s Trevor Rogers (1.87 ERA, 2.46 FIP), Los Angeles’ Trevor Bauer (2.24 ERA, NL-best 96 strikeouts), Washington’s Max Scherzer (2.34 ERA, 95 strikeouts) or San Diego’s Yu Darvish (2.16 ERA). Oh, and Taijuan Walker of the Mets and John Gant of the Cardinals each nonetheless have sub-2.00 ERAs (1.84 and 1.60, respectively) they usually’re actually not even within the dialog.
Fernando Tatis Jr.: The Padres’ younger famous person is just not main NL place gamers in WAR both by FanGraphs’ calculation (that’s Nick Castellanos of the Reds) or by the Baseball-Reference formulation (that’s Max Muncy of the Dodgers), however he’s having an unbelievable season, regardless of enjoying solely 39 of the Padres’ 56 video games thus far. He’s one off the MLB lead together with his 16 dwelling runs, and he’s tied for the NL lead with 12 stolen bases. He additionally leads the NL with a .693 slugging proportion and has a stellar 199 OPS-plus.
The others: Muncy and Castellanos have been excellent, and both could be a worthy selection. Kris Bryant is having an enormous comeback season (.317/.398/.598 and 12 homers) that’s principally lifted the Cubs into competition within the NL Central. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s having an unbelievable season for Atlanta (he’s principally alone on that Georgia island), and Jesse Winker is batting .341 with 13 homers and a .621 slugging proportion for the Reds. And what about Buster Posey, the ageless one, topping .300 with double-digit homers to steer the story-of-the-year Giants?
NL Rookie of the Yr
Trevor Rogers, Marlins: The thirteenth total choose of the 2017 draft reached the majors in 2020, however his debut season was (let’s be type) not good. In seven begins, the lefty posted a 6.11 ERA. In his Age 23 season, Rogers appears to have figured issues out. By way of 11 begins, he has a 1.87 ERA, with solely three dwelling runs allowed and 76 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings.
The others: Ian Anderson (3.27 ERA in 10 begins) is choosing up the place he left off final postseason for Atlanta, and Adbert Alzolay (3.66 ERA in 10 begins) is having a tremendous season for the Cubs. Dylan Carlson is having a tremendous season for the Cardinals, batting No. 2 forward of Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
AL Cy Younger
Gerrit Cole, Yankees: No, he doesn’t have a no-hitter, however we’re nonetheless going with Cole and his 1.78 ERA and 12.4 Ok/9 for the two-months-into-the-season Cy Younger nod within the AL. He’s been, once more, all the pieces the Yankees may have hoped for in what’s principally been a curler coaster season for the franchise up to now. Essentially the most notable factor? He’s turn out to be extremely stingy handing out walks. Cole has at all times had good management — his “worst” BB/9 was 2.9 — however by 11 begins this 12 months, he’s solely walked 9 whereas hanging out 97. In a single specific five-start stretch, he had 49 Ks and 0 BBs. He has 4 top-five Cy Younger finishes in his profession, and it will not be in any respect stunning to see him wind up together with his first first-place end in 2021.
The others: Carlos Rodon of the White Sox and John Technique of the Orioles each have no-nos and ERAs proper round 2.00 — 1.98 for Rodon, 2.05 for Means — and that places them close to the highest of the checklist. Lance Lynn’s missed a number of begins for the White Sox, however that 1.37 ERA in 9 outings deserves consideration. In a season when everyone seems to be hanging out everybody, Shane Bieber is working away with the strikeout title in Cleveland.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays: With all due respect to the wonderful Shohei Ohtani, I’ve acquired to offer the nod to this younger Jays famous person. Right here’s a partial checklist of the classes he leads (or is tied for the lead) within the AL: dwelling runs (17), hits (64), common (.337), on-base proportion (.447), slugging (.663), OPS-plus (203) and whole bases (126). In his first style of huge league motion in 2019, he struck out 91 instances and walked 46 instances; thus far in 2021, he has 32 walks and 32 strikeouts. It’s loopy to do not forget that he simply lastly turned 22 years outdated in March, as a result of it looks like we’ve been listening to about him eternally. Nicely, you’ve been listening to about him eternally as a result of it’s lengthy been identified that he has the potential to do precisely what he’s doing proper now.
The others: Shohei Ohtani is so very a lot enjoyable to observe. Y’know what? Simply watch this. Xander Bogaerts is having an impressive season, and he’s an enormous cause the Purple Sox have exceeded expectations. Guerrero’s teammate, Marcus Semien, completed third within the 2019 AL MVP race and he’s heading towards an identical end in 2021.
AL Rookie of the Yr
Adolis Garcia, Rangers: It’s not simply the 16 homers and 41 RBIs — each numbers are prime 5 within the AL — however Garcia’s knack for coming by within the largest conditions. He has three — THREE — extra-inning homers already this season. Two put the Rangers forward within the prime of the tenth inning, and one was a walk-off (with the Rangers trailing by a run) within the backside half of the tenth inning.
The others: Yermin Mercedes’ story has been fairly unbelievable, however he’s struggled currently. His ChiSox teammate, pitcher Michael Kopech, has 45 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings in a hybrid position. Randy Arozarena hasn’t been fairly “playoff Randy” however nonetheless fairly good, with seven homers, 36 runs scored and eight stolen bases. In Cleveland, Emmanuel Clase has 9 saves and a stellar 1.14 ERA.