For the first time, similar to the NHL, Major League Baseball has named finalists for all its major awards, including Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards. On Monday, winners to be announced nightly at 6 EST (ROY Monday, Manager Tuesday, Cy Young Wednesday, MVP Thursday). I like this format. Without further ado (and my odds of winning) AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera (1:3) – Triple Crown winner, enough said Mike Trout (2:1) – Popular choice, but team didn’t play in postseason and he didn’t win triple crown Adrian Beltre (100:1 as field) – 36 HR, 102 RBI, second best player from his teams in this field Josh Hamilton (100:1 as field) – Hands down winner after May, but team and performance faded. Robinson Cano (100:1 as field) – Will control NY media vote, but no real chance here NL MVP: Ryan Braun (Even) – going for repeat, is up there in categories, will PED accusations drag him down Chase Headley (25:1) – Best player you wouldn’t have considered (.286, 31, 115 in a pitchers park) Andrew McCutchen (5:1) – Breakthrough year, but was ordinary in the second half as team faded. Yadier Molina (4:1) – Probably the most deserving as truly “most valuable” Buster Posey (2:1) – Batting champion, will postseason team success affect votes? AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (2:1) – Best name recognition and postseason, but didn’t get to the 20 win plateau David Price (Even) – 20 wins, 2.56 ERA, >200 strikeouts. darn tough to beat Jered Weaver (2:1) – Also 20 wins, ERA close, didn’t seem to be as dominant late. NL Cy Young: RA Dickey (3:2) – Popular with the fans and in NY. And 20 wins Gio Gonzalez (Even) – 21 wins, 200 K, stats right with Dickey but his team made the postseason Clayton Kershaw (3:1) – Best ERA, but only 14 wins and no postseason. So my picks are Cabrera, Braun, Price, and Gonzalez. The post Finalists named for MLB awards appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.