Two months into the season must be approach too early to begin speaking about MVP races or Cy Young 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 Young
Jacob deGrom, Mets: Even by deGrom requirements — as lofty as lofty will get — the two-time Cy Young winner’s 2021 numbers are simply jaw-dropping. He’s made eight begins, and his ERA sits at 0.71. His FIP (fielding unbiased pitching) is 1.08. In 51 innings, he’s allowed simply 22 hits and seven walks, whereas hanging out 82 batters. His 11.7 Okay/BB ratio is a profession finest, as is his 14.5 Okay/9 ratio. He’s but to permit multiple run — and even 5 base runners — in any begin in 2021. He’s the straightforward selection, however that’s a ridiculous factor to say as a result of plenty of pitchers are having stellar seasons so far.
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 3.5 and 3.9 bWARs, respectively, however neither is the front-runner. 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 Okay/BB ratio, and one other one, Freddy Peralta, has a 2.38 ERA with a 13.1 Okay/9 ratio. Neither is up high. And we’ve got 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) and they’re actually not even within the dialog.
Fernando Tatis Jr.: The Padres’ younger famous person will not be leading NL place gamers in WAR both by FanGraphs’ calculation (that’s Nick Castellanos of the Reds) or by the Baseball-Reference components (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 along 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 can be a worthy selection. Kris Bryant is having a giant comeback season (.317/.398/.598 and 12 homers) that’s mainly lifted the Cubs into competition within the NL Central. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s having an unbelievable season for Atlanta (he’s mainly 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 guide the story-of-the-year Giants?
NL Rookie of the Year
Trevor Rogers, Marlins: The thirteenth general choose of the 2017 draft reached the majors in 2020, however his debut season was (let’s be variety) not good. In seven begins, the lefty posted a 6.11 ERA. In his Age 23 season, Rogers appears to have figured issues out. Through 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 nice season for the Cubs. Dylan Carlson is having a nice season for the Cardinals, batting No. 2 forward of Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
AL Cy Young
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 Okay/9 for the two-months-into-the-season Cy Young nod within the AL. He’s been, once more, the whole lot the Yankees might have hoped for in what’s largely been a curler coaster season for the franchise up to now. The most notable factor? He’s turn out to be extremely stingy handing out walks. Cole has all the time 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 one specific five-start stretch, he had 49 Ks and 0 BBs. He has 4 top-five Cy Young finishes in his profession, and it will not be in any respect stunning to see him wind up along with his first first-place end in 2021.
The others: Carlos Rodon of the White Sox and John Means 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 listing. 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 superb Shohei Ohtani, I’ve received to present the nod to this younger Jays famous person. Here’s a partial listing 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 complete bases (126). In his first style of huge league motion in 2019, he struck out 91 occasions and walked 46 occasions; 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 previous in March, as a result of it seems like we’ve been listening to about him eternally. Well, you’ve been listening to about him eternally as a result of it’s lengthy been recognized 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? Just watch this. Xander Bogaerts is having an impressive season, and he’s a giant cause the Red Sox have exceeded expectations. Guerrero’s teammate, Marcus Semien, completed third within the 2019 AL MVP race and he’s heading towards an analogous end in 2021.
AL Rookie of the Year
Adolis Garcia, Rangers: It’s not simply the 16 homers and 41 RBIs — each numbers are high 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 high 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 recently. His ChiSox teammate, pitcher Michael Kopech, has 45 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings in a hybrid function. 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.