It's hard to believe that the MLB season is getting close to winding down with pennant chases happening and October baseball around the corner. Also, football season is going to be kicking off soon. So we need to get excited for that! Anyways, I'm going to make some predictions for who I think will take home what awards.
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox: It's only befitting for Big Papi to get this award in his last hurrah considering the type of season he's having. Ortiz is hitting with a .309 average, 25 homers, 87 RBI, and an OPS of 1.013 at the age of 40. I would like to throw an honorable mention to Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, who's having a remarkable season himself. He's batting .355 with 19 homers, 66 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and an OBP of .422.
AL Cy Young
Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles: There have been relievers who have won this award in the past. Willie Hernandez and Eric Gagne are names that come to mind. Why not Zach Britton? He has an ERA of 0.58 along with 34 saves and a WHIP of 0.75. Not only that, but he's been perfect in every save opportunity this season.
AL Rookie of the Year
Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers: The Tigers are nipping at the heels of a playoff spot not just because of Justin Verlander's reemergence. Michael Fulmer has been a huge asset for the Tigers in the rotation, throwing for an ERA of 2.42, a WHIP of 1.08, and a record of 9-2.
AL Manager of the Year
Jeff Bannister, Texas Rangers: Even through all of the injuries to their rotation (and suspensions to players like Rougned Odor), the Rangers are still atop the AL West. Jeff Bannister is starting to come into his own as a manager and could lead Texas to a World Series title in the near future.
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs: Or Anthony Rizzo. This choice can be switchable. Either way, both players are having spectacular seasons in what could be a big haul for the Cubbies regarding awards. Bryant's batting .284 with 26 homers and 68 RBI, while Rizzo's batting .285 with 24 homers and 79 RBIs. Keep an eye out for Daniel Murphy of the Nationals, who leads the NL in batting average at .350 and has 81 RBI on the season.
NL Cy Young
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: This is another tough choice that has plenty of candidates for the award. Madison Bumgarner's having a terrific season. Jake Arrieta hasn't lost a step. Clayton Kershaw was great before getting hurt. But Strasburg has a record of 15-2 that is backed up by an ERA of 2.80, a WHIP of 1.01, and 169 strikeouts. Plus, opposing batters are just hitting .202 against him.
NL Rookie of the Year
Almedys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals shortstop has had a stellar season, batting .312 with 14 homers and 57 RBI. He also has an OBP of .376 and has been a big part of why the Cardinals are in a playoff race once again. The award will likely go to Corey Seager of the Dodgers, but I'm just thinking of who should get the award besides Seager.
NL Manager of the Year
Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs: Really, there isn't much of a choice here. Cubs are doing well (this is their year, after all) and Maddon's strategies have paid off for Chicago. Again, there are plenty of Cubs that are in the mix for awards in the offseason.