Mike Trout – Fish boy has simply been all world since he arrived to the major leagues, the second time, on April 28th of 2012. 2014 has been no different. He’s 6th in average (.313), 3rd in runs (55), 5th in HR’s (19), 5th in RBI (62), 2nd in OBP (.407), 1st in OPS (1.022), and is a perfect 10 out of ten swiping bags. The endless things you can say about Mike start to get repetitive because how consistently great he is. He’s created the most runs in the AL based on everything he does and that’s a great contribution to the 2nd best record in the AL along with the 3rd greatest run differential at +55. Remember when people said he came into last season overweight? Right. Me neither.
AL Cy Young
Felix Hernandez – This AL Cy Young race is basically a 1a and 1b type race between he and Masahiro Tanaka. At this point, Felix and Tanaka and tied for 1st in ERA (2.10), the king leads by .03 at .92 in WHIP, 2nd in K’s (137), has only allowed 30 runs in 128 innings pitched and the opponents batting average against Hernandez is an outstanding .206, which is 3rd in the AL. The Mariners have the 4th best record in the AL and King Felix has been all that and more.
Troy Tulowitzki – Troy has flat out been the best hitter in the NL. He was up near .400 into June, has dipped to a slightly lowered average at .354, which is fairly decent. Tulo leads in a lot of major statistical categories including batting average (.354), OBP (.445), SLG (.618), OPS (1.064), and WAR (5.1). The Rockies after a hot start have fallen way out of contention in the National League but not because of Tulowitzki. When somebody is in the top 10 of every single major statistical category, you open your eyes and realize how great they’ve been.
NL Cy Young
Johnny Cueto – With Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright hot on his tail, Johnny is still ahead of the pack in the National League Cy Young Race. Clayton isn’t qualified, or he’d be in the lead thanks to his sparkling June, but Johnny has been healthy all year and has been producing every 5 days. Cueto leads baseball, not just the NL, in ERA (1.88), WHIP, (0.84) and BAA (.171). Cueto gets almost a full run less of run support than Wainwright and that’s such a telling sign to why W/L records is a very fluky way to judge a pitcher.