MLB First Quarter Awards

Most baseball teams have played at least forty games of the season and, even with my English major math, that means they are a quarter of the way through the 2016 marathon. The clubs making the most headlines so far have been both Chicago teams, the Mariners, and the Orioles.

For some teams, such as the Phillies and the Tampa Rays, the season has brought somewhat surprising success. On the other hand, however, are the teams have struggled more than they imagined when they broke from spring training camp in late March. These disappointing clubs include the Minnesota Twins, the Atlanta Braves, and the Houston Astros.

Here are the players who would win the major individual awards if the season were to end now.

National League Most Valuable Player

Yoenis Cespides of the New York Mets, who re-signed a free agent contract for just one year, has picked right up where he left off. After being acquired from Detroit before the deadline, Cespides led the Mets the National League pennant. He now leads the Senior Circuit in home runs (14) and runs batted in (35), while also hitting at a .300 clip for the second place Mets.

Runner Up: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals

American League Most Valuable Player

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox leads the Amercan League in RBI with 37, is third in home runs with eleven, and has a .358 batting average. These Triple Crown numbers could make Big Papi reconsider his decision to retire at the end of this season.

Runner Up: Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros

National League Cy Young Award

Jake Arrieta has been the ace of the Chicago Cubs, who have boasted the best record in the Major Leagues for most of this season. He is 8-0 with a 1.20 earned run average.

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