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Quarter-Season Superlatives

Ryan's picks for Rookie of the Year and more.

We are a quarter of the way through the season already. It happened quickly, but I know it happened because the Fenway-style scoreboard in the Cave reads "620 Games Watched - 1810 Games To Postseason." I'm not a math wizard, but I think that means a quarter of the season is over.

With that in mind, here are my picks for American League MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards. Obviously, these are very subjective, and when my midseason awards come out, it could be three different names. Check back tomorrow for this same list – National League edition.

MVPAdrian Gonzalez, First Baseman, Boston Red Sox.327/9/37

This is less about his numbers (which are substantial, anyway) and more about the fact that this guy has been everything the Red Sox and their Nation were expecting. He has been very good defensively, and in his first year away from Petco Park, he has been outstanding at the plate. The trade that brought Gonzalez over from San Diego this offseason was considered the final move that would put Boston over the top and back into the World Series. So far their pitching has let them down, but Gonzalez has been as good as advertised.

Cy YoungTrevor Cahill, Oakland Athletics6-1/1.82 ERA/46 SO

I'm sure many of you were expecting Angels ace Jered Weaver here, but Cahill, frankly, has been better than Weaver. In fact, with six wins (tied for league lead) to only one loss and an ERA of 1.82 in almost 60 innings, the young right-hander has been better than everyone in the American League. Oakland has a storied tradition of good, young pitching, and Cahill is certainly the next to carry that torch. The Athletics are loaded for a while, with Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Brett Anderson all young, talented, and capable of winning right now in the big leagues. Cahill is the cream of that crop.

Rookie of the YearZach Britton, Baltimore Orioles5-2/2.42 ERA/29 SO

I just wrote a blog about this very topic the other day, which you can read here. Through the first quarter of the season, this has been a two-horse race between Britton and fellow starter Michael Pineda of the Mariners. I'm going with Britton because he has a lower ERA, more innings pitched, and has seemingly been just a little more dominant than Pineda. Plus, he pitched a nine-inning shut out a couple of days ago, and only got the no decision. He deserves some kind of award. At this point in their careers, I think Britton is the more polished of the two and his poise on the mound has been impressive. I'm also picking Britton because I'm from Baltimore, and I'm allowed one homer pick. Right?

Disagree with my picks? Tweet me @rwags614 and tell me why.

We are a quarter of the way through the season already. It happened quickly, but I know it happened because the Fenway-style scoreboard in the Cave reads "620 Games Watched - 1810 Games To Postseason." I'm not a math wizard, but I think that means a quarter of the season is over.

With that in mind, here are my picks for American League MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards. Obviously, these are very subjective, and when my midseason awards come out, it could be three different names. Check back tomorrow for this same list – National League edition.

MVPAdrian Gonzalez, First Baseman, Boston Red Sox.327/9/37

This is less about his numbers (which are substantial, anyway) and more about the fact that this guy has been everything the Red Sox and their Nation were expecting. He has been very good defensively, and in his first year away from Petco Park, he has been outstanding at the plate. The trade that brought Gonzalez over from San Diego this offseason was considered the final move that would put Boston over the top and back into the World Series. So far their pitching has let them down, but Gonzalez has been as good as advertised.

Cy YoungTrevor Cahill, Oakland Athletics6-1/1.82 ERA/46 SO

I'm sure many of you were expecting Angels ace Jered Weaver here, but Cahill, frankly, has been better than Weaver. In fact, with six wins (tied for league lead) to only one loss and an ERA of 1.82 in almost 60 innings, the young right-hander has been better than everyone in the American League. Oakland has a storied tradition of good, young pitching, and Cahill is certainly the next to carry that torch. The Athletics are loaded for a while, with Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Brett Anderson all young, talented, and capable of winning right now in the big leagues. Cahill is the cream of that crop.

Rookie of the YearZach Britton, Baltimore Orioles5-2/2.42 ERA/29 SO

I just wrote a blog about this very topic the other day, which you can read here. Through the first quarter of the season, this has been a two-horse race between Britton and fellow starter Michael Pineda of the Mariners. I'm going with Britton because he has a lower ERA, more innings pitched, and has seemingly been just a little more dominant than Pineda. Plus, he pitched a nine-inning shut out a couple of days ago, and only got the no decision. He deserves some kind of award. At this point in their careers, I think Britton is the more polished of the two and his poise on the mound has been impressive. I'm also picking Britton because I'm from Baltimore, and I'm allowed one homer pick. Right?

Disagree with my picks? Tweet me @rwags614 and tell me why.