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Awards 2009

by LS Murphy

September brings cooler weather (sometimes) and the hope of post-season baseball. Unless this team suffers a massive Mets-like breakdown, the Cardinals will make the cut to play in October. Most fans are turning their thoughts towards the big awards until the playoffs arrive. Who will win the Cy Young? MVP? Comeback Player of the Year? Gold Gloves?

We all have our opinions. Here's mine.

NL Cy Young - Much has been made of Chris Carpenter's fantastic season and the possibility that he may win his second Cy Young. It seems like only two players may stand in his way, Tim Lincecum and Adam Wainwright. While Carpenter is having a great season, Wainwright has been fantastic. He leads the league in wins (16), is third in ERA (2.47), is second in IP (193), and fifth in Ks (164). There is something Smoltz-like about Wainwright. This is his year to show he's a dominant starting pitcher. And his year to win.

MVP - Albert. No need for a last name. No need for an explanation.

Comeback Player of the Year - This belongs to Carpenter. No one in the game has done what he has done. Twice. Carpenter has dealt with injury after injury throughout his career and yet, here he is pitching like the ace this team always knew he could be.

Gold Gloves - Albert and Yadier Molina should be repeat winners. But the Gold Glove is never about how well a player fields. Unfortunately for Brendan Ryan, batting average is taken into account far too much. Ryan is by far the best defensive shortstop in the game. He plays like the Wizard, the Next Generation. His fielding percentage is .985 and he's only committed 6 errors. Hanley Ramirez (.981/9) and Jimmy Rollins (.983/3) are the two favored to win. Ryan is clearly in an elite league. He is hitting better (.293) than former MVP Rollins (.244) but not as good as Ramirez (.359). He has the highest fielding percentage of the three and is smack in the middle for errors. Ryan deserves the award as much if not more than the other two. Either way, he can consider himself one of the best. Now if only we can do something about that mustache.

So there you go. My picks for the 2009 Awards season. Now let's start focusing on winning the World Series.

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