MLB awards week: Our picks for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and more

Alex Bregman and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/8861/" data-ylk="slk:Mike Trout">Mike Trout</a> are two of the finalists for AL MVP. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Alex Bregman and Mike Trout are two of the finalists for AL MVP. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Awards week is here for Major League Baseball. By Thursday, we’ll know who will take home this year’s hardware for MVP, Cy Young and more.

Rookie of the Year is the first award and will be handed out Monday. Manager of the Year awards come Tuesday, then Cy Youngs on Wednesday and MVPs on Thursday. All four will be announced on MLB Network starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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Who’s going to win the awards? Like most years, there’s a combination of shoo-ins and mystery. The Rookie of the Year awards seem like a sure thing, but there’s some debate to be had with managers and MVPs.

Before we find out the winners, here are four of our MLB writers making their picks in each category. Before we do, consider this your annual reminder that all voting took place before the postseason and thus, October performance doesn’t factor into the awards:

Hannah Keyser

AL Rookie of the Year: Yordan Alvarez 

NL Rookie of the Year: Pete Alonso 

AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone 

NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez 

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole 

NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom 

AL MVP: Mike Trout

NL MVP: Cody Bellinger 

These are not surprising or controversial or even especially interesting picks! Christian Yelich getting hurt clears the way for Cody Bellinger to take NL MVP easier than he would have otherwise, but I'm choosing to not apply this logic to Mike Trout in the AL because he really is that good. I want to think I'm not factoring postseason performance into picking Gerrit Cole over Justin Verlander for AL Cy Young, and fortunately that's believable enough to avoid admitting it's not really true. It's tough to argue with stats which is why the manager awards are both the silliest and most fun to debate. Ultimately, two of the tiredest team-wide narratives in baseball this year proved sufficiently compelling to me: Dave Martinez keeping the Nationals' spirits high after a 19-31 start to the season, and Aaron Boone steering the Yankees to 103 wins despite a record-setting array of injuries — both in terms of sheer numbers and as well as star power. 

Mike Mazzeo

AL Rookie of the Year: Yordan Alvarez

NL Rookie of the Year: Pete Alonso

AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone

NL Manager of the Year: Craig Counsell

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole

NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom

AL MVP: Mike Trout

NL MVP: Christian Yelich 

Covering Alonso (MLB rookie-record 53 homers), deGrom (frontrunner for back-to-back Cy Youngs) and Boone (103-59 despite an MLB-record 30 different players on the injured list) in New York on a daily basis was memorable. Trout and Yelich both winning MVP awards despite missing the end of the season due to injuries would be quite a feat. Cole gets the nod over Justin Verlander here, but maybe there should be co-honors. 

Jacob deGrom is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young awards. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jacob deGrom is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young awards. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mike Oz

AL Rookie of the Year: Yordan Alvarez

NL Rookie of the Year: Pete Alonso

AL Manager of the Year: Rocco Baldelli

NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole

NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom

AL MVP: [Answer withheld]

NL MVP: Christian Yelich

First off, I cast a ballot for AL MVP this year, so I can’t reveal my vote until the awards are announced. Cue dramatic music. I like Gerrit Cole over Justin Verlander for Cy Young even though the numbers were tight. Being unbeatable in the second half, was a tad more impressive. Jacob deGrom is the pick almost by default, as neither Ryu or Scherzer had the full body of work to warrant a Cy Young. Dave Martinez isn’t a finalist, but should be — from getting nearly getting fired to finishing the way the Nats did, that’s worthy of something. As for NL MVP, Yelich gets the nod despite missing the Brewers’ stretch run. Normally, I’d want someone who didn’t miss the most important part of the season, but Bellinger’s season was pretty uneven, with a significant drop-off in production in the second half.

Mark Townsend

AL Rookie of the Year: Yordan Alvarez 

NL Rookie of the Year: Pete Alonso

AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone

NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole

NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom

AL MVP: Mike Trout

NL MVP: Cody Bellinger

The rookie picks are no-brainers and the manager field is so wide open that I'd be fine with any of finalists winning. I still think Martinez has the best résumé just based on how Washington finished the regular season. The consistent dominance of Cole and deGrom make them easy choices, while Bellinger taking his all-around game to another level clinches the NL MVP. Trout and Bregman is a fun debate, but Trout produced massive numbers despite missing extended time. He's simply the best player baseball has to offer. 

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Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

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