2022 MLB awards: Picks for MVP, Cy Younger and extra as Aaron Decide bests Shohei Ohtani

October 4, 2022

The 2022 MLB common season is winding down and the model new Wild Card Collection will start this Friday. The very best-of-three Wild Card Collection might be adopted by the League Division Collection subsequent Tuesday. This is what you should know in regards to the postseason schedule and new format

MLB’s main awards are common season awards, and, as such, ballots have to be submitted earlier than the postseason begins. The awards winners usually are not introduced till November, nicely after the World Collection, however they’re common season awards solely. What occurs within the postseason has no bearing on the awards voting.

As a result of we do not really feel like ready round for the official awards announcement, our 4 CBS Sports activities MLB writers (R.J. Anderson, Mike Axisa, Dayn Perry, Matt Snyder) and two intrepid MLB editors (Kate Feldman and Stephen Pianovich) every forged a hypothetical poll for the 4 main awards (MVP, Cy Younger, Rookie and Supervisor of the 12 months) in every league. Our guidelines:

  • Our particular person ballots for every award embody three names. In actuality, the MVP poll is 10 gamers deep and the Cy Younger poll is 5 gamers deep. Rookie of the 12 months and Supervisor of the 12 months every embody three slots.
  • The scoring system: Three factors for a first place vote, two factors for a second place vote, and one level for a 3rd place vote. Most factors wins. Good and straightforward.

No, the common season isn’t over but, however it’s shut sufficient to being over (and the postseason races are all however wrapped) that nothing that occurs between now and the top of the season Wednesday will change our votes, so we’re casting our ballots now. 

Listed below are our midseason awards in case you wish to see how a lot has modified/chuckle at us for being so fallacious. Now let’s get to the CBS Sports activities MLB awards for the 2022 season.     

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The AL MVP race is a race for third place. Decide goes to win, Ohtani goes to complete second, and it is a huge open race for third. That is not some tremendous secret insider info. It is simply fairly clear at this level Decide will beat out Ohtani for the award given his dwelling run whole and attainable Triple Crown. I am unable to say for sure it will likely be unanimous however I do assume it will likely be a lopsided win. Even voters who revere Ohtani could have a tough time voting for him over Decide. In our voting, Alvarez is forward of the pack for third place, however I would not guess the farm on the true voting enjoying out precisely that manner. 

A sluggish September has introduced Goldschmidt again to the pack a bit and made the NL MVP race nearer than it appeared it will be a number of weeks in the past. That stated, two Cardinals lead our voting (and likewise lead NL place gamers in WAR) and by a reasonably large margin too. My hunch is Machado will fare higher in the true voting now that the Padres have clinched a postseason berth. He was their finest participant all season with Fernando Tatis Jr. first injured after which suspended. Freeman has a lot assist with the Dodgers that it may cost him votes. Alcantara is the one pitcher in both league worthy of significant MVP consideration.

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Starting with Blake Snell in 2018 and persevering with with Corbin Burnes in 2021, voters are starting to favor per-inning excellence over bulk workload. Verlander, in his first full season again from Tommy John surgical procedure, is an efficient 30 innings behind the AL leaders, however he additionally has substantial leads in ERA and WHIP, and is prime 3-5 in nearly each pitching charge stat that issues. Backside line, a 1.80 ERA isn’t going to look misplaced atop the Cy Younger poll, particularly when nobody else is beneath 2.20. Stop leads AL pitchers in WAR and has been terrific since early June.

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NL Cy Younger: Sandy Alcantara, Marlins

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This yr’s best awards name. Alcantara combines per-inning greatness (second within the NL in ERA, fourth in WHIP, and so on.) with an old-fashioned workhorse’s workload. Getting into play Monday, Alcantara led baseball in innings (by 28 2/3) and batters confronted (by 77), and his 22 begins with at the very least seven innings pitched are seven greater than anybody else. This one is a no brainer. Alcantara will win the NL Cy Younger award with ease, and he may/ought to be the primary unanimous Cy Younger winner in a 162-game season in both league since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He may even be the primary Cy Younger winner in Marlins historical past.

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Much like the AL MVP race, the AL Rookie of the 12 months race is a race for third. Rodríguez will win the award and Rutschman will end in second — for a number of weeks there it regarded like Rutschman may transfer forward of Rodríguez, however Julio ultimately pulled away — after which there’s everybody else. Kwan finishes third in our voting and looks as if a superb guess to complete third in the true voting. It ought to be famous that, in line with the brand new collective bargaining settlement, ending first or second within the Rookie of the 12 months voting will give Rutschman a full yr of service time though he wasn’t known as up till mid-Might. Meaning he might be a free agent after the 2028 season reasonably than after 2029.

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Decide your Courageous. Our voters went with the on a regular basis participant over the beginning pitcher, and it could possibly be that Strider’s September indirect harm is what vaults Harris forward in the true voting. With all resulting from respect to rookies like Cruz, Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy, Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki, and Reds hurlers Alexis Díaz and Nick Lodolo, the highest three of the NL Rookie of the 12 months race seems set in stone. There’s Harris and Strider, then Donovan, then everybody else.

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(Be aware: One among our writers has an NL Rookie of the 12 months vote this season and abstained from our voting right here.)

AL Supervisor of the 12 months: Terry Francona, Guardians

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Brandon Hyde, Orioles

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Scott Servais, Mariners

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Kevin Money, Rays

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Dusty Baker, Astros

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Aaron Boone, Yankees

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The Orioles changing into the primary staff because the 1890 Louisville Colonels to complete with at the very least a .500 file a yr after shedding 110 video games wasn’t sufficient to persuade our voters Hyde is the AL Supervisor of the 12 months. That honor goes to Francona, who led a Guardians groups (very) few picked to succeed in the postseason to 90 wins and an AL Central title. Baltimore’s main step ahead could possibly be sufficient to present Hyde the true award seeing how Supervisor of the 12 months is usually given to the supervisor of the staff that the majority exceeds expectations, and no staff exceeded expectations greater than the O’s in 2022.

NL Supervisor of the 12 months: Dave Roberts, Dodgers

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Rob Thomson, Phillies

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Oliver Marmol, Cardinals

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Buck Showalter, Mets

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Brian Snitker, Braves

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The Dodgers got here into the season because the projected finest staff in baseball and so they actually lived as much as the billing, changing into the seventh staff ever — and solely the third NL staff together with the 1906 Cubs and 1909 Pirates — to win 110 video games in a season. Thomson did a exceptional job serving to the Phillies flip their season round and the opposite managers above had nice years as nicely. Generally you simply cannot ignore historic greatness, and the Dodgers had been so nice this yr that Roberts is our NL Supervisor of the 12 months.