Off-day discussion: NL end of season awards

No Diamondbacks today, as they travel to the coast, and prepare for the road-trip against the Padres and GIants. So, instead of that, figured it might be fun to discuss who we think will win the end of season awards in the NL - the races potentially seem a lot closer than last year, where Pujols was a unanimous choice for MVP. Of course, there's also the question who will win, and who should win, which are not necessarily the same thing.

After the jump, you'll find the leading contenders for MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year. Let the discussion begin!

The general criteria used was Wins Above Replacement (the version provided by baseball-reference.com). For MVP and Cy Young, it was the top five or six, depending on where a convenient break fell. However, for Rookie of the Year, which is particularly open to both pitchers and hitters (yeah, I know the MVP technically is too, but...), I listed all qualifying players who are currently in the top 50 by WAR in their particular category.

Most Valuable Player

Rk Player WAR Tm PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Adrian Gonzalez 5.4 SDP 534 458 73 136 25 79 69 92 0 0 .297 .389 .515 .904
2 Albert Pujols 5.0 STL 533 453 84 143 32 89 75 54 12 3 .316 .411 .592 1.002
3 Aubrey Huff 5.0 SFG 510 434 77 128 21 70 64 60 5 0 .295 .388 .523 .911
4 Ryan Zimmerman 4.9 WSN 482 415 71 125 24 70 60 82 3 1 .301 .388 .540 .928
5 Angel Pagan 4.8 NYM 482 434 64 128 10 54 39 76 30 6 .295 .351 .452 .802
6 Joey Votto 4.7 CIN 500 424 86 137 29 86 70 96 10 4 .323 .422 .592 1.014

Cy Young

Rk Player WAR Tm G CG SH W L IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1 Roy Halladay 6.5 PHI 26 8 3 16 8 200.0 181 54 48 25 180 2.16 191 .241 .269 .351 .620 68
2 Josh Johnson 5.9 FLA 25 1 0 11 5 166.2 138 44 42 38 162 2.27 182 .225 .273 .324 .596 63
3 Tim Hudson 5.6 ATL 25 1 0 14 5 171.2 131 42 41 56 91 2.15 186 .217 .290 .295 .584 63
4 Adam Wainwright 5.5 STL 26 5 2 17 7 183.1 136 45 42 43 165 2.06 194 .211 .262 .308 .570 57
5 Ubaldo Jimenez 5.2 COL 25 3 2 17 4 169.1 121 52 50 66 156 2.66 167 .205 .290 .311 .601 60

Rookie of the Year

Rk Player WAR Tm G CG SH W L IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
17 Jaime Garcia 2.8 STL 24 1 1 11 6 141.1 123 51 38 54 111 2.42 165 .233 .304 .306 .611 70
34 Jon Niese 1.9 NYM 23 2 1 8 5 138.0 141 56 51 43 110 3.33 120 .262 .324 .396 .720 99
35 Barry Enright 1.9 ARI 10 0 0 4 2 59.1 50 18 18 20 35 2.73 163 .230 .295 .392 .687 80
39 Jonny Venters 1.8 ATL 58 0 0 4 0 63.2 38 14 8 27 69 1.13 355 .175 .277 .212 .489 38
50 Stephen Strasburg 1.6 WSN 12 0 0 5 3 68.0 56 25 22 17 92 2.91 141 .221 .268 .328 .596 65
Rk Player WAR Tm PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS
27 Jason Heyward 2.8 ATL 450 378 62 100 14 57 62 95 9 5 .265 .378 .452 .830
50 Buster Posey 1.9 SFG 301 276 38 94 9 46 18 35 0 1 .341 .385 .518 .903
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