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The MLB All-Star break has come and gone and the league is heading into the home stretch of the 2019 season.

In a season where home run records are being shattered and offense outshining pitching, here is a look at who would win the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie Of The Year and Manager of the Year if the season were to end today. 

NL MVP: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

Honestly, it’s a toss-up between Bellinger and reigning MVP, Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich. 

Bellinger is second in the National League in batting average (.336) and home runs (30) while Yelich is fifth in average (.329) and first in homers (31.) 

Yelich has a higher slugging percentage but Bellinger leads the entire league by a wide margin with a 6.6 Wins Above Replacement average.

WAR is based on advanced defensive and offensive metrics.

In addition to a strong WAR, Bellinger ranks first in the NL in runs scored.

Therefore, the defensive edge goes to Bellinger and the fact that the Dodgers are currently first in the league in large part due to Bellinger, he would win the first-half MVP. 

Runner up: Christian Yelich, Brewers

AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels

Through the first half of the season, both Los Angeles teams would have a player taking home an MVP award.

Trout is on pace to win his third MVP award even if the Angels are on the outside looking in for the AL playoff race. 

Ranked first in the AL and second in the league with a 5.9 WAR, Trout leads the AL with 28 home runs and a .646 slugging percentage. 

Trout is hitting .301 and has also continued to play strong defensively.

If actual wins factored into the race, AL batting leader DJ LeMahieu would have been a strong candidate through the first half for MVP.

However, Trout has played the overall best through the first few months of the season.

Runner up: DJ LeMahieu 

NL Cy Young: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers

Ryu is having a stellar season. Through 17 starts, Ryu has a 10-2 record and holds a mere 1.73 ERA. 

However, Ryu has struggled his last few starts. After getting all the way down to a 1.27 ERA, Ryu gave up three runs on June 22 and then followed it up with a miserable seven-run outing against the Colorado Rockies on June 28 that brought his ERA up to 1.83. 

The game was in Colorado, though, where it’s tough to pitch and Ryu bounced back with a six-inning game with no runs allowed against San Diego before All-Star break. 

If Ryu continues the pace he’s at, there’ll be no question who the award goes to. 

If Ryu continues to struggle, other candidates like Max Scherzer and Luis Castillo could take over the top spot.

Runner up: Max Scherzer 

AL Cy Young: Charlie Morton, Rays 

Morton has been excellent in his first season with Tampa Bay. Morton leads the AL with a 2.32 ERA and holds a 10-2 record through 19 starts.

At age 35, Morton has gotten better with age and is on pace to top his career numbers in multiple categories by a wide margin. 

Runner up: Mike Minor, Rangers

NL Rookie Of The Year: Pete Alonso, Mets

Alonso has been the only bright spot for a Mets team that is currently a mess with 30 homers and a .280 batting average. 

Alonso has already broken the Mets record for rookie homers in a season and is on pace to break Aaron Judge’s 2017 record for most home runs (52) by a rookie in a season.

This week, Alonso won the Home Run Derby, edging out another young star on the rise in Vladamir Guererro Jr. and could also bring the Mets single-season record for home runs in a season. 

The race is not close and unless something goes terribly wrong in the second half, Alonso should have this award wrapped up.

Runner up: Alex Verdugo, Dodgers 

AL Rookie Of The Year: Brandon Lowe, Rays

The AL rookies are light-years away from the production that NL rookies have put up in the first of the season but Lowe stands on top. 

Lowe holds a .276 batting average and has hit 17 home runs. In addition, Lowe has a solid 2.8 WAR. 

This race is nowhere near locked up with players like Guererro Jr. or John Means still having the potential to put together strong second halves. 

Runner up: John Means, Orioles 

NL Manager Of The Year: Dave Roberts, Dodgers

The Dodgers would win yet another award if the season were to end today thanks to a 60-win first half. 

Roberts has guided the reigning back-to-back NL champions to a 5.5 game lead over any other team in the league and a 13.5 game division lead.

If Roberts continues to have Los Angeles cruise, he should be in good shape to win his second Manager Of The Year award.

Runner up: Brian Snitker, Braves

AL Manager Of The Year: Rocco Baldelli, Twins

The Minnesota Twins were a sleeper prior to the season but the 37-year old Baldelli has quickly turned the Twins into AL contenders in his first season at the helm.

Sitting pretty with a 56-33 record and a 5.5 game AL Central lead, Baldelli has Minnesota on pace to win 102 games and surpass their 78-win total from 2018. 

Pitching has been the key for Minnesota with breakout performers in Jake Odorizzi and Martin Perez. 

If Minnesota continues this pace and makes the playoffs, Baldelli will be a strong choice to take home the award.

Runner up: Aaron Boone, Yankees 





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