At the All-Star break, this award looked like Jose Reyes' to lose. The Mets shortstop was having a dominant year, and had piled up 5.2 fWAR in 80 games. In the 46 games after the break, he was worth just 1.0 fWAR, and tailed off in the race. Other candidates stepped up big time, and the award looked a lot more competitive at the end of the day. But when all the votes were tabulated, two candidates stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Midseason winner: Jose Reyes, New York Mets
VOTING RESULTS1) Matt Kemp (88 points, seven first place votes)2) Ryan Braun (81 points, two first place votes)3) Joey Votto (50 points)4) Justin Upton (45 points)5) Roy Halladay (45 points)6) Clayton Kershaw (43 points)7) Troy Tulowitzki (38 points)8) Jose Reyes (34 points)9) Prince Fielder (21 points)10) Cliff Lee (13 points)11) Albert Pujols (10 points)12) Andrew McCutchen (8 points)13) Shane Victorino (8 points)14) Ryan Howard (6 points)15) Lance Berkman (5 points)
Matt Kemp is our winner, ...