Well after completing the NL first half review yesterday, let’s take a look back on the First half of the year in the AL and what it has had to offer so far.
Biggest Surprise – The parody in the South and West
The AL South and the AL West both boast the biggest parody amongst any divisions in our league. Both divisions separate worst to first by only 7 games, leaving no team out of the division title race as the season approaches the All-Star break. One hot streak may be all it takes for someone to run away in one of these divisions, setting up a nail biting second half
AL Cy Young – With much respect to everyone else pitching in the AL, it is Scooter Lee’s league and everyone else just gets to play here. Despite having to pitch in Yankee Stadium, the winner of 2 of the last 3 Cy Young Awards is currently 10-3 with a sub 2.00 ERA. He also leads the league in Strikeouts, WHIP and almost every other stat worth mentioning.
AL MVP – I gave some thought to putting Scooter Lee’s name here as well, as his season has been that good, but you just can’t overlook the seasons Mariano Johnson and Paxton Harper are putting together. Harper is 3rd in HR, leading in RBI’s all while hitting .316 and playing superb D out in LF for Boston. Johnson’s leading the league hitting .379, is first in slugging and OPS and is trying to help Arizona overcome the loss of Juan Dominguez over the off-season as he left for greener pastures in the NL. All that being said Paxton Harper key’s the offense for the team with the best record in the league and has to be the first half MVP.
With half a season left to go, anything is possible in any division. The trade deadline is looming, and soon buyers and sellers will emerge, so here’s hoping the 2nd half of this season is as competitive as the first all around. If it is most races can expect to go down to the wire and be undecided heading into the last week of the season.
Coming soon: Season 19 Draft Review