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Biggest Stars of the 2013 MLB Season

The 2013 Major League Baseball Regular season is finally done, but for two teams, a 163rd game is necessary to determine who gets a chance to play October baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will battle in Arlington to determine who the second American League Wild Card spot will go to. The MLB Playoffs will begin on Tuesday with a play-in game featuring the division rivals Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates with the winner moving on to battle another division opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals. As we look forward to the postseason madness, let us first look back on some of the biggest stars of the 2013 MLB regular season.

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

Davis could very well be the AL MVP after the stellar season he put up. He broke Brady Anderson’s franchise record for home runs in a season by hitting 53, while also hitting .286 with 138 RBIs. The first basemen has put together quality back-to-back seasons for the Orioles and could be the biggest breakout star of the year.

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

As baseball fans said goodbye to one legendary closer in New York, a fourth-year player for the Braves quietly put together one of the best seasons for a closer in MLB history. Kimbrel finished the season with 50 saves in 68 games with a 1.21 ERA. He also recorded 98 strikeouts in 67 innings and had a WHIP of 0.881. Aside from his saves total, this wasn’t his best season in the majors, but with 139 saves at the age of 25, Kimbrel could be the only player that can reach Mariano Rivera’s numbers.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

While Albert Pujols struggled to stay healthy and Josh Hamilton couldn’t get in a groove, Trout continued his remarkable play, putting him in the conversation for one of the best players in the league. After winning the AL Rookie of the Year last season, Trout didn’t experience a letdown in 2013, hitting .323 with 27 home runs, 97 RBIs, while leading the league in runs (109) and walks (100). The things he can do at his age (21) are incredible and he could end up as one of the greatest of all time if he can avoid injury.

Who Deserves MLB Awards Through 6/8/13

It is safe to say that considering I just started this baseball blog a couple days ago, I am a little behind in terms on preseason picks, awards and all that other good stuff. It doesn’t mean I can’t jump into the conversation at the start of June. In each league, there are certain players that deserve to win awards, but get overshadowed by bigger names. It’s like the All Star Game, but worse. At this point in the season, with every team having played at least 60 games, we have gotten a solid indication of who deserves to win their respective awards, but with so much time left in the season, who can actually pull through?

AL MVP

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

It’s hard to argue with what Cabrera has done this season and essentially throughout his career. Hitting .368 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs, Cabrera is three home runs away from being in the conversation for the Triple Crown. Of course, he is only trailing┬áChris Davis in home runs race and I don’t think many people expect him to stick around for much longer.

Chances Cabrera wins AL MVP: 95 percent

AL Cy Young

Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have a narrow lead in the American League East race because of Buchholz. The stud right hander is 9-0 this season with a 1.71 ERA. He has 81 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings and as long as he stays healthy, could be the difference between the Sawx losing their lead in the division to the hated New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, or even the Baltimore Orioles.

Chances Buchholz wins AL Cy Young: 50 percent. There are far too many talented pitchers right now to give him any greater chance. Hisashi Iwakuma, Alex Cobb, and Yu Darvish are three pitchers who have the stuff to keep up with Buchholz and wait for him to stumble.

NL MVP

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Before anyone goes crazy on me here, without Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks are not in first place in the National League West. He is fifth in the NL with a .326 average, tied for third in home runs with 15, and leads in RBIs with 58.

Chances Goldschmidt wins NL MVP: 40 percent. Right now, I’d give him a two in five chance at winning. He will see stiff competition from Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez from the division rival Colorado Rockies (they’ll split votes though), Yadier Molina and Joey Votto.

NL Cy Young

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

Okay, I stand corrected. Without Goldschmidt and Corbin, the Diamondbacks aren’t in first place in their division. At 9-0, the second year player from Clay, N.Y. has the best record in the league and a solid 1.98 ERA. He doesn’t give up a lot of hits, doesn’t give too many free passes and when in trouble, doesn’t let it affect him.

Chances Corbin wins NL Cy Young: 10 percent. I’m not saying he won’t keep up the solid play, but I’m saying he won’t keep up the solid play. There are far too many talented players in the NL that could take the award. Any of these players could take away his grasp on the award: Shelby Miller, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Minor, Matt Harvey (if healthy), Stephen Strasburg (same as Harvey), Adam Wainwright and Jordan Zimmerman.