Carlos Gonzalez COL
The Rockies slugger has been impressive this year. Like McCutchen, Cargo is leading the Rockies in several hitting categories: batting average (.330), home runs (17), RBI's (58), runs scored (61), OPS (.967), OBP (.389), stolen bases (11), hits (104) and total bases (182). The Venezuelan outfielder has, in my opinion, the prettiest left handed swing in all of baseball and should get a lot of consideration for putting up these great numbers despite not having Troy Tulowitzki in that lineup for a majority of the season. I mentioned Cargo as my Dark Horse MVP candidate before the season started.
Ryan Braun MIL
It's going to be hard to win an MVP award again, especially after last years "failed" drug test. Ryan has a .306 average with 24 bombs, 15 steals, 61 RBI's, 58 runs scored, 94 hits and a .391 OBP, all of which lead the Brewers. Braun has the numbers but, in all likelihood, if it comes down to a split decision the PED issue will come back to haunt the 28 year old California native. He is the number one ranked player in my June 28th Hitter Rankings.
David Wright NYM
After dealing with back and mid section injuries the past two years, Wright hit the gates running in 2012. Wright has led the National League in hitting for the majority of the season and is currently sporting a .351 average (third highest in MLB). His power numbers have just recently caught up to the high average as he now has 11 long balls on the season. David is the leader of a Mets team that is defying all odds as they continue to stay in the Wild Card hunt. If Wright continues his pace he will end up with over 200 hits.
Joey Votto CIN
Don't forget about the Reds first baseman. A .348 average, 14 bombs and 48 runs batted in is impressive; however, his 1.087 OPS is higher than Ryan Howard's in 2006. That year Howard won the NL MVP. Votto has the Reds holding the top Wild Card spot right now (1 game behind the Pirates for the NL Central).
Others that warrant NL MVP consideration:
R.A. Dickey NYM
Carlos Beltran STL
Melky Cabrera SF
To put some of these numbers into perspective:
The Oakland Athletics have 636 hits as a team this year.
The Tampa Bay Rays have 649 hits as a team this year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have 51 home runs as a team this year.
The San Francisco Giants have 50 home runs as a team this year.
The San Diego Padres have 53 home runs as a team this year.
The Baltimore Orioles have 31 steals as a team this year.
The Detroit Tigers have 33 steals as a team this year.
Matt Cain SF
Cain has a 9-3 record to go along with a stellar 0.96 WHIP, 2.62 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 120.1 innings. He threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history on June 13th against the Houston Astros. He's picked up the slack for a Giants staff that has been thrown for a loop with Tim Lincecum's 3-10 first half performance. Cain is the main reason why the Giants currently sit in 2nd place, only one half game behind the Dodgers, in the National League West. Digging a little deeper into his numbers, Cain posts a 2.7 WAR (wins above replacement) which is tied for 10th best in all of baseball. I mentioned Cain as a contender to win the NL Cy Young Award before the season started.
My June 28th Pitcher Rankings
Others that warrant NL Cy Young consideration:
Gio Gonzalez WSH
Cole Hamels PHI
Stephen Strasburg WSH
Johnny Cueto CIN
Clayton Kershaw LAD
Zack Greinke MIL
James McDonald PIT
A.J. Burnett PIT
July 12th, 2012