Day 2 of the SBN Awards, and Joey Votto got the majority of your vote for Hitter of the Year. That makes sense, he's the best.
Pitching is the focus today, and we've got nominees from both leagues.
2015 Stats: 16-7, 2.13 ERA, 301 K, 42 BB, 175 ERA+, 7.5 bWAR
Kershaw put in another solid showing, and could very well be on his way to his 3rd Cy Young aware this year. His 301 strikeouts were tops in baseball. Are his gaudy strikeout numbers enough to win him this award, or will a more surprising performance prevail?
2015 Stats: 22-6, 1.77 ERA, 236 K, 48 BB, 222 ERA+, 8.7 bWAR
Speaking of surprising performances, how about Jake Arrieta? The Cubs new ace pretty much came out of nowhere to lead the league in wins and was right at the top in ERA as well. The Cubs wouldn't have made the playoffs without him.
2015 Stats: 20-8, 2.48 ERA, 216 K, 51 BB, 162 ERA+, 7.2 bWAR
Keuchel was the AL's darling this year, starting the All-Star game and taking the Astros to the playoffs on his bearded back. He was very good.
2015 Stats: 4-4, 1.63 ERA, 33 SV, 244 ERA+, 2.7 bWAR
It may be unorthodox to give a reliever this award, but who was more exciting to watch this year than Aroldis Chapman? He had more pitches of 100+ MPH than everyone else in baseball... combined. Again. He did it last year too.