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Ryan Wagner's Quarter-Season N.L. Awards

The other day, I gave you my quarter-mark awards for the American League . Most of you agreed with my picks, but those of you who didn't inspired some heated discussion, so thank you for that. Let's keep it going with the Senior Circuit.

Cy YoungJaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals5-0, 1.64 ERA

No one in the National League has been as dominant as Garcia thus far in 2011. When Adam Wainwright went down in Spring Training with an elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John surgery, most pointed to Chris Carpenter as the guy who would pick up the slack. So far, though, it is Garcia who is taking over as the ace of the Cards' staff. He has yet to lose a decision, has an ERA under 1.70, and almost pitched a perfect game a couple of weeks ago. Even more impressive, Garcia has already pitched four complete games. He's not only been dominant, he has been dominant for entire games. The Cardinals need Garcia to keep up his torrid pace in order to stay close to the Reds in the NL Central. I'm not sure if he'll be able to do it over an entire season, but for the first quarter of 2011, he's been the best in baseball.

Honorable mentions: Josh Johnson (FLA), Roy Halladay (PHI), Jair Jurrjens (ATL),

MVPLance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals.349/11/35

I have to admit, I did not see this coming. It seemed like Berkman was on a steady decline following a disappointing 2010 season, and when the Cardinals handed over the everyday right fielder job to him, I was convinced the wear and tear he would get in the field would only speed up the downward spiral. Boy, was I wrong. Berkman has been a revelation in St. Louis. He is a Triple Crown threat at the moment, batting nearly .350 and driving in runs at a prodigious pace, which is something the Cardinals desperately needed as Albert Pujols sputtered out of the gate. His fielding has also been solid. He's not going to win you many games with his glove, but so far he hasn't lost any either. I'm very interested to see if he keeps up this pace, or if the wheels fall off sometime in August. Here's hoping for the former.

Honorable mentions: Troy Tulowitzki (COL), Joey Votto (CIN), Martin Prado (ATL), Matt Kemp (LAD), Ryan Braun (MIL)

Rookie of the YearDarwin Barney, Second Baseman, Chicago Cubs.322/1/21 .348OBP 3SB NL Rookie of the Month for April

The guy with possibly the best name in baseball (this side of Emilio Bonifacio, anyway) is my pick for NL Rookie of the Year. He has been an impressive table setter at the top of the Cubs lineup, and for a Cubs team that can't seem to do a whole lot right, Barney has been a bright spot. He is hitting for average, stealing a few bases, and even driving in runs when the opportunity presents itself. He has been solid defensively, and for a guy who wasn't expected to make the club out of spring training, Barney has shown an impressive demeanor; you'd think he'd been batting second for the Cubbies for ten years. It will be fun to watch he and Starlin Castro mature and develop together. It looks like the Cubs have their middle infield for the next decade.

Honorable mention: Freddie Freeman (ATL)

The other day, I gave you my quarter-mark awards for the American League . Most of you agreed with my picks, but those of you who didn't inspired some heated discussion, so thank you for that. Let's keep it going with the Senior Circuit.

Cy YoungJaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals5-0, 1.64 ERA

No one in the National League has been as dominant as Garcia thus far in 2011. When Adam Wainwright went down in Spring Training with an elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John surgery, most pointed to Chris Carpenter as the guy who would pick up the slack. So far, though, it is Garcia who is taking over as the ace of the Cards' staff. He has yet to lose a decision, has an ERA under 1.70, and almost pitched a perfect game a couple of weeks ago. Even more impressive, Garcia has already pitched four complete games. He's not only been dominant, he has been dominant for entire games. The Cardinals need Garcia to keep up his torrid pace in order to stay close to the Reds in the NL Central. I'm not sure if he'll be able to do it over an entire season, but for the first quarter of 2011, he's been the best in baseball.

Honorable mentions: Josh Johnson (FLA), Roy Halladay (PHI), Jair Jurrjens (ATL),

MVPLance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals.349/11/35

I have to admit, I did not see this coming. It seemed like Berkman was on a steady decline following a disappointing 2010 season, and when the Cardinals handed over the everyday right fielder job to him, I was convinced the wear and tear he would get in the field would only speed up the downward spiral. Boy, was I wrong. Berkman has been a revelation in St. Louis. He is a Triple Crown threat at the moment, batting nearly .350 and driving in runs at a prodigious pace, which is something the Cardinals desperately needed as Albert Pujols sputtered out of the gate. His fielding has also been solid. He's not going to win you many games with his glove, but so far he hasn't lost any either. I'm very interested to see if he keeps up this pace, or if the wheels fall off sometime in August. Here's hoping for the former.

Honorable mentions: Troy Tulowitzki (COL), Joey Votto (CIN), Martin Prado (ATL), Matt Kemp (LAD), Ryan Braun (MIL)

Rookie of the YearDarwin Barney, Second Baseman, Chicago Cubs.322/1/21 .348OBP 3SB NL Rookie of the Month for April

The guy with possibly the best name in baseball (this side of Emilio Bonifacio, anyway) is my pick for NL Rookie of the Year. He has been an impressive table setter at the top of the Cubs lineup, and for a Cubs team that can't seem to do a whole lot right, Barney has been a bright spot. He is hitting for average, stealing a few bases, and even driving in runs when the opportunity presents itself. He has been solid defensively, and for a guy who wasn't expected to make the club out of spring training, Barney has shown an impressive demeanor; you'd think he'd been batting second for the Cubbies for ten years. It will be fun to watch he and Starlin Castro mature and develop together. It looks like the Cubs have their middle infield for the next decade.

Honorable mention: Freddie Freeman (ATL)