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Sport 2019 MLB award predictions: Our picks for Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, MVP

02:20  05 november  2019
02:20  05 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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2019 MLB award predictions : Our picks for Rookie of the Year , Cy Young , MVP . USA TODAY Sports. With a dramatic postseason and World Series behind us, the baseball world is on to awards season. This year saw some historic performances around Major League Baseball , from a rookie hitting 53 home runs to teammates each winning 20 games with 300 strikeouts. Awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and will be announced on MLB Network the week of Nov. 11. The top rookies will be announced Monday, followed by Manager of the Year

We polled over 50 MLB .com experts for their picks on the 2019 American League and National League Most Valuable Player , Cy Young Award , Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year . These are the winners. 2. Jacob deGrom, RHP, Mets The reigning NL Cy Young winner gets some love from our experts coming off a season in which he posted a Major League -best 1.70 ERA while setting career highs with 217 innings pitched and 269 strikeouts. The Mets ace has become the rock of their rotation and could challenge Mad Max once again in 2019 .

With a dramatic postseason and World Series behind us, the baseball world is on to awards season.

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This year saw some historic performances around Major League Baseball, from a rookie hitting 53 home runs to teammates each winning 20 games with 300 strikeouts.

Awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and will be announced on MLB Network the week of Nov. 11. The top rookies will be announced Monday, followed by Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP awards in the days to follow.

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Here are our predictions for MLB 's major awards and our invitation to cast your vote. To see who our experts think will win the World Series, check out our team predictions . Jump to predictions for: Cy Young | Rookie of the Year . MVP . You picked Noah Syndergaard for Cy Young . Why is he your choice? He has the best pure stuff of any pitcher in baseball , and after a winter of intense workouts, Syndergaard appears poised to put together all of his talents. He might benefit from an inherent competition developed with Jacob deGrom, in the same way that Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson

That would be Manager of the Year , Rookie of the Year , the Cy Young Award and MVP . In some cases, the choice is obvious; in others, the races could be exceedingly tight. The National League Manager of the Year race is wide open, with a trio of plausible winners. The Milwaukee Brewers' Craig Counsell will get strong consideration for guiding the Brewers to the playoffs despite a thin starting pitching staff and a knee injury that ended reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich's season on Sept.

Before the hardware is officially handed out, USA TODAY Sports' seven-person panel of  baseball writers and editors voted on the major awards.

First-place votes in parenthesis:

AL MVP

(voting on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis)

  1. Alex Bregman, Astros (5) – 88
  2. Mike Trout, Angels (2) – 73
  3. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees – 54
  4. Marcus Semien, Athletics – 50
  5. George Springer, Astros – 33
  6. Xander Bogarts, Red Sox – 29
  7. Matt Chapman, Athletics – 25
  8. Rafael Devers, Red Sox – 16
  9. Nelson Cruz, Twins – 15
  10. Gleyber Torres, Yankees – 13
  • Also receiving votes: Carlos Santana, Indians; Mookie Betts, Red Sox; Justin Verlander, Astros; Tim Anderson, White Sox; Gerrit Cole, Astros; Francisco Lindor, Indians

AL Cy Young

(voting on a 7-4-3-2-1 basis)

  1. Justin Verlander, Astros (4) – 40
  2. Gerrit Cole, Astros (3) – 37
  3. Charlie Morton, Rays – 19
  4. Shane Bieber, Indians – 16
  5. Lance Lynn, Rangers – 4
  6. Mike Minor, Rangers – 2
  7. Mike Clevinger, Indians – 1

AL Rookie of the Year

(voting on a 5-3-1 basis)

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Winners and Vote Totals for the MVP , Cy Young , Rookie of the Year , and Manager of the Year Awards . Much of the play-by-play, game results, and transaction information both shown and used to create certain data sets was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of InsideTheBook.com, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball .

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  1. Yordan Alvarez, Astros (7) – 35
  2. Eloy Jimenez, White Sox – 19
  3. John Means, Orioles – 9

AL Manager of the Year

(voting on a 5-3-1 basis)

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So much can change in the other four months. Through the first 60 games of the 2015 season, for example, Jake Arrieta had been good but wasn’t more than an afterthought in the NL Cy Young race, with his 3.16 ERA and 71 hits allowed in 77 innings. In his final 20 starts, though, Arrieta was incredible, posting a 0.86 ERA and allowing just 76 hits in 147 innings. But in 2020, the 60-game sample isn’t a sample at all. It’s the entire season, and awards still have to be voted on by members of the BBWAA. Here are the leading contenders for MVP , Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards in each league .

This year more than most , we acknowledge that our award picks are subject to debate. In contrast to a regular 162-game season, it's not so easy for award favorites to set themselves apart from the pack in a mere 60-game season. In any case, let's get to it. The NL Comeback Player of the Year should arguably go to New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, who struck out 50 batters in 25.2 innings while shaving nearly four runs off his 2019 ERA. Kyle Freeland's comeback story, though, is about as textbook as it gets. In 2018, the Colorado Rockies' ace left-hander was a Cy Young Award contender

  • Rocco Baldelli, Twins (6) – 33
  • Aaron Boone, Yankees (1) – 18
  • Bob Melvin, Athletics – 6
  • Kevin Cash, Rays – 5
  • A.J. Hinch, Astros – 1

NL MVP

(voting on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis)

  1. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (7) – 98
  2. Anthony Rendon, Nationals – 60
  3. Christian Yelich, Brewers – 58
  4. Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves – 48
  5. Freddie Freeman, Braves – 39
  6. Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks – 34
  7. Pete Alonso, Mets – 32
  8. Nolan Arenado, Rockies – 17
  9. Juan Soto, Nationals – 13
  10. Eugenio Suarez, Reds – 7
  • Also receiving votes: Eduardo Escobar, Diamondbacks; Trevor Story, Rockies; Josh Donaldson, Braves

NL Cy Young

(voting on a 7-4-3-2-1 basis)

  1. Jacob deGrom, Mets (7) – 49
  2. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers – 22
  3. Jack Flaherty, Cardinals – 20
  4. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals – 19
  5. Mike Soroka, Braves – 3
  • Also receiving votes: Patrick Corbin, Nationals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Walker Buehler, Dodgers

NL Rookie of the Year

(voting on a 5-3-1 basis)

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  1. Pete Alonso, Mets (7) – 35
  2. Mike Soroka, Braves – 16
  3. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres – 5
  4. Victor Robles, Nationals – 4
  5. Bryan Reynolds, Pirates – 2
  6. Dakota Hudson, Cardinals – 1

NL Manager of the Year

(voting on a 5-3-1 basis)

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  1. Mike Shildt, Cardinals (4) – 26
  2. Brian Snitker, Braves (2) – 17
  3. Craig Counsell, Brewers (1) – 12
  4. Torey Lovullo, Diamondbacks – 4
  5. Davey Martinez, Nationals – 3
  6. Dave Roberts, Dodgers – 1

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2019 MLB award predictions: Our picks for Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, MVP

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