Tomorrow, the 2015 season will officially be one week old, which means, its time for crazy people, like myself, to begin talking about award winners for the end of the season. What is wrong with you, you ask? Well, that’s a pretty valid question, and one that I can’t quite answer other than by saying, “I love baseball”. It happens every year, and I fall victim to thinking about it every year. One guy starts off hot, and I know I shouldn’t jump the ship on him yet, but it’s too much fun not to speculate by saying, “This guy is on pace for…” whatever absurd statline he’s sitting at through five games, which will be nearly, if not physically impossible to keep up with.
So, without further ado, I present to you my one-week, way, way too early award winners for the 2015 season. First, we’ll start with the NL.
- .688 AVG, 5 HR, 7 RBI, .722 OBP
It’s really no question that Adrian Gonzalez has been the best hitter in all of baseball throughout the first week of the season. The 32-year-old has hit an outstanding five homeruns in just four games, breaking the record in the process of most homeruns through the first three games of a season. (Elias) To go along with his torrid long ball start, Gonzo is hitting nearly .700, and his on-base percentage has skied well into the .700’s. He’s been outstanding for the Dodgers so far this season.
NL Cy Young: Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
- 1-0, 7.0 IP, 10 K’s, 4 H
On opening day, Cueto diced up the Pirates for seven shutout innings before giving way to his bullpen, which went right out there and gave up two quick runs before settling in for a 5-2 victory. Cueto was masterful, though, as he punched out 10 Pirate hitters, all while allowing just five baserunners, four via hits. Cueto was my pick last year to win NL Cy Young most of the season, and he’ll start the year right back here with a terrific first start.
Side Note: Cueto has taken the mound a few moments ago for his second start of the season. I’ll monitor his performance throughout the day, and stay updated.
NL Rookie of the Year: Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
- .286 AVG, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .444 OBP
First things first, I know what you’re all thinking. C’mon, man, you know it’s going to be Kris Bryant when he comes up to the bigs. You may be right, and if I had to guess later in the season, I’d agree. For now, and for the sake of argument, I’m going with strictly rookies in the pros at this point. That’s where Lamb comes in.
After beating out Yasmany Tomas for a spot on the 25-man roster, Lamb has had a solid start to the regular season, batting .286 through his first three games. He’s not the flashy name like Bryant or even Joc Pederson, but he simply gets it done. He’s already picked up seven RBI’s on the season, inching closer to his total of 11 last season, where he played in 37 games. The kid can flat out play, and has proven that so far this early season. I can’t wait for Bryant to come up, and watch the battle begin to bloom.
AL MVP: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
.438 AVG, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .526 OBP
Cain has been very efficient to begin the season for the defending AL champs. He’s pretty much picked up where he left off last season, crushing baseballs and making terrific catches in the outfield. He’s hitting well over .400 through the first week of the season, with one longball and six RBI’s to this point. The Royals have not lost a game yet, of course raising the question of the 162-0 prediction that is far more fun to say and never going to happen. Cain has been great so far, and that’s why he gets the nod.
AL Cy Young: Scott Kazmir, Oakland A’s
- 1-0, 7.0 IP, 10 K’s, 1 H
Another one, Tyler? Seriously, what are you thinking? Trevor Bauer went six innings of no hit baseball, and you went with Scott Kazmir? Well, yes. Take a closer look at Bauer’s line. Five walks?? As a major league pitcher? No thank you. I’ll take consistency over stuff any day. That’s why Kazmir is here. The vet pitched his way back into the bigs a few seasons ago and hasn’t looked back. His first start of 2015 was another good notch in his successful MLB belt. Going seven shutout innings, Kazmir beat up of the poor Texas Rangers, striking out ten (seems to be a common theme here) in the process. Topping his NL counterpart, Kazmir only allowed one hit through seven before departing with his team up 10-0. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday.
AL Rookie of the Year: Devon Travis, Toronto Blue Jays
- .385 AVG, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .500 OBP
Say, who? Well, Devon Travis has burst onto the scene in a big way over the first four games of the 2015 season. Hitting close to .400, the rookie hit his first homerun on opening day after winning the starting job at second base with the injury to Maicer Izturis. Travis hasn’t looked back, as he has a hit in three out of four games, grabbing multiple hits in two out of the four games. The rookie out of Florida State will continue to see more playing time as he plays well.