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2022 MLB awards: Picks for MVP, Cy Young and more as Aaron Judge bests Shohei Ohtani

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The 2022 MLB regular season is coming to an end, and a new Wild Card Series will begin this Friday. Next Tuesday, the Wild Card Series of three winners will be followed by the League Division Series. Here’s what you need to know about the postseason schedule and new format.

Major MLB honors are regular season honors and as such, ballots must be filed prior to the start of the postseason. The winners of the awards are not announced until November, well after the World Series, but these are only the regular season awards. What happens in the postseason has nothing to do with award voting.

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Because we don’t feel like waiting for the awards to be officially announced, four of our CBS Sports MLB writers (R. J. Anderson, Mike Axisa, Dane Perry, Matt Snyder) and two intrepid MLB editors (Keith Feldman and Steven Pjanovich) created a hypothetical vote for the four major awards (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year) in each league. Our rules:

  • Our individual bulletins for each award include three names. In fact, the MVP bulletin is for 10 players, while the Cy Young bulletin is for five players. Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year include three slots each.
  • Scoring system: three points for a first place vote, two points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote. Wins the most points. Easy and pleasant.
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No, the regular season isn’t over yet, but it’s pretty close to wrapping up (and the post-season races are pretty much over) so nothing that happens between now and the end of the season on Wednesday is going to change our votes, so we’re casting. our newsletters now.

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Here are our mid-season rewards in case you want to see how much has changed / laugh at us for being so wrong. Now let’s move on to the CBS Sports MLB awards for the 2022 season.

AL MVP: Aaron Judge, Yankees

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Aaron Judge

NYY•CF•99
bachelor0.311
R131
HR61
RBI130
Sat16

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1st place2nd place3rd placepoints

Aaron Judge, Yankees

5

one

17

Shohei Otani, Angels

one

5

13

Jordan Alvarez, Astros

four

four

Andres Jimenez, Guardians

one

one

Jose Ramirez, Guardians

one

one

The AL MVP race is a race for third place. Judge wins, Otani finishes second and there is a wide race for third place. This is not some top-secret insider information. It’s just that it’s pretty clear at this point that Judge will beat Otani for the award, given his home run and a possible Triple Crown. I can’t say for sure that it will be a unanimous decision, but I think it will be a one-sided victory. Even voters who respect Otani will find it hard to vote for him over Judge. In our voting, Alvarez is leading in the fight for third place, but I would not bet the farm on the fact that the real voting happens this way.

NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals

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Paul Goldschmidt

STL • 1B • 46
bachelor0.319
R106
HR35
RBI114
Sat7

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1st place2nd place3rd placepoints

Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals

four

2

fourteen

Nolan Arenado, Cardinals

2

2

one

eleven

Manny Machado Parents

3

one

7

Freddie Freeman, Dodgers

one

2

Sandy Alcantara, Marlins

one

one

Francisco Lindor, Metz

one

one

A sluggish September brought Goldschmidt back into the pack a bit and brought the NL MVP race closer than it seemed a few weeks ago. However, the two Cardinals are leading our poll (and also leading NL position players in WAR) by quite a wide margin. I suspect Machado will be better in real voting now that the Padres have secured a playoff spot. He was their best player all season: Fernando Tatis Jr. was first injured and then suspended. Freeman is helping the Dodgers so much that it could cost him votes. Alcantara is the only pitcher in any league worthy of serious consideration as an MVP.

L Si Young: Justin Verlander, Astros

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Justin Verlander

HOLD • SP • 35
ERA1.80
WHIP0.85
IP170
BB28
To175

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1st place2nd place3rd placepoints

Justin Verlander, Astros

5

one

17

Dylan Seas, White Sox

four

eight

Alec Manoa, Blue Jays

one

3

5

Framber Valdes, Astros

one

3

Shohei Otani, Angels

2

2

Shane McClanahan, Race

one

one

From Blake Snell in 2018 to Corbin Burns in 2021, voters are starting to prioritize perfection in every inning over mass workload. Verlander, in his first full season since Tommy John surgery, is a good 30 innings behind the AL leaders, but he also has a significant lead in ERA and WHIP and is in the top 3-5 in just about every important pitching metric. The bottom line is that a 1.80 ERA will never look out of place on a Cy Young bulletin, especially when no one else is below 2.20. Cease leads the AL in WAR and has been playing amazing since early June.

NL Cy Young: Sandy Alcantara, Marlins

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Source: www.cbssports.com

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