The American League playoff picture looks as if it is going to come down the final games of the regular season and is set up to be a wild finish. However, the players that will be bringing home American League regular season awards are almost no debate.
Once again, the American League proved to be full of offensive talent. And once again, Mike Trout proved that he may go down in history as one of the best to ever play the game. After finishing runner-up the past two seasons to a Detroit Tigers MVP and Triple Crown winner, Trout will finally earn American League MVP honors and rightfully so.
Trout has once again had a terrific year in which he set a career high in home runs, and has led the Angels to first place in the competitive American League West. Trout has hit 31 home runs, drove in 97 and has over 100 runs with a little less than a month left in the regular season. It is no debate Trout will take home his first of what could possibly be many American League MVP awards.
The American League Rookie of the Year award is also no debate as the Cuban defect, and White Sox slugger Jose Abreu arrived on the scene this year and tore up major league pitching in his first full season. Abreu has put up MVP-like numbers and is batting .321 with 33 home runs and 99 RBIs. The American League Rookie of the Year is a done deal as Abreu will be taking home the hardware, and it is possible for Abreu to bring home more awards in the future.
What about the pitching?
In what seems like an obvious choice by many, Felix Hernandez is the front-runner to win the American League Cy Young. King Felix holds a 14-5 record and has struck out 209 batters. Hernandez holds a 2.18 ERA despite struggling in his past few starts. The numbers are definitely Cy Young worthy numbers that not many American League Pitchers possess, except for Chris Sale.
The Chicago White Sox ace missed a substantial amount of time during the beginning of the season, yet has comparable numbers to Hernandez. Sale is 11-3 with a 2.11 ERA despite playing on one of the weaker teams in baseball. While Hernandez has got the Mariners contending for a possible postseason birth, Sale has seemingly done everything he can to keep the White Sox somewhat relevant this season.
Most believe this will be King Felix's award to lose, but Sale may have something to say about Hernandez earning his second American League Cy Young award.
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