AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera: With apologies to Chris Davis, who has put up the best first half homerun numbers in the post-steroid era, Cabrera is actually outdoing his last year's production when he won the AL Triple Crown. He is simply not of this world and is quickly entering the discussion of top 10 all-time greatest hitters.
NL MVP: Yadier Molina: I know all about Carlos Gonzalez' numbers, but Molina is putting them up as a catcher for a Cardinals' team tied for the best record in baseball. For a St Louis team without any standout all-stars, Molina will be worth as many as twenty games to that club for everything he brings to the table.
AL CYA: Max Scherzer: He's 13-0 and strikes out on average better than ten opposing hitters a night. Next.
NL CYA: Matt Harvey: He's the reincarnation of young Roger Clemens. Throws like him. Has a killer instinct like him. With any kind of run-support and even an average bullpen, Harvey could have had 16 wins by this point in the season. A no-hitter waiting to happen. Clayton Kershaw is close, but not as dominant.
AL ROY: Jose Iglesias: He's the "other Cuban" who isn't getting near as much credit as Yasiel Puig. All Iglesias has done for the Red Sox is fill the void at short and third, and hit nearly .400.
NL ROY: Yasiel Puig: He's a story made for Hollywood. A struggling, over-priced Dodger team brings up a Cuban refugee of which there is so little known about, and he carries the team on his back to contention. If he had blond hair, it would be The Natural with Robert Redford all over again. Puig will have enough at-bats by season's end to qualify for all kinds of honors, including ROY.
AL Mgr: Joe Girardi: Managing the "little train that could," the former Bronx Bombers, it is amazing the Yankees are still in the thick of the AL East. They seemingly win all the close, low-scoring games and Girardi is clearly squeezing the most out of his injury-riddle club.
NL Mgr: Clint Hurdle: He's the right guy for this young and surging ballclub that, unlike the last two years, will get stronger instead of weaker down the stretch. The Pirates are tied for best record in baseball after 20 straight losing seasons. How does Hurdle not win this award?
Feel free to disagree. I would love to know your thoughts.