Who Are Your First Half ROY Winners In MLB

by Dirty on July 13, 2012

Betting on MLB Rookie of the Year



With the 2012 MLB betting All Star Game scheduled to be played tonight, fans and media from around the league are handing out their first half awards. Similar to the end of the year awards, the first half awards look to honor the most dominant players of the season. One award that has been opened to plenty debate is that of the rookie of the year award in each league. For the first time that we can recall, tonight’s All Star Game will feature three rookies, as Mike Trout and Yu Darvish of the American League and Bryce Harper of the National League highlight each roster. Today we’ll look at who the first half ROY winners should be.


Hands down, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should be the American League rookie of the year. Locked in a battle with Japanese phenom Yu Darvish, Trout burst onto the scene in late April, and helped turnaround a struggling Angels lineup. Since being promoted to the betting online big club on April 28, Trout has put up incredible numbers. The 20-year-old Trout has a splits line of 341/397/562 to go along with 12 home runs and a league best 26 stolen bases. It’s also worth noting, that he can play center field as well as anyone, as he has put fellow speedster Peter Bourjos on the bench, in a crowded outfield. Not only is Trout up for rookie of the year, but he could also take home AL MVP honors.


On the other hand, Yu Darvish has lived up to his hefty price tag with the Texas Rangers. Darvish has become the staff ace by default after a plethora of injuries to the rotation. His arsenal of pitches has dumbfounded batters this season, as he is amongst the league leaders in strikeouts. Despite having high walk totals, many believe that Darvish was the best choice as the 34th man on the American League All Star roster this season. What’s more? Given that Darvish might have signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, one has to wonder how they would have faired this year, had he signed with them.


In the National League, Bryce Harper has lived up to lofty expectations, after being the first overall draft choice in the 2010 player draft. Harper made his debut this season after Jayson Werth suffered a broken wrist. The 19-year-old Harper has put up impressive numbers for the Washington Nationals. His splits line is 282/354/472 with eight home runs. What’s most telling about Harper is that he has become one of the hardest working players in the MLB, something that the media questioned during his minor time in the minor leagues. After Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins suffered a broken leg, Harper was quickly added to the National League roster.


Trout and Harper are two of the youngest players in the MLB, but also two of the most important. If it wasn’t for the debut of Trout in late April, the Angels may have found themselves at the bottom of the American League standings. Conversely, when Harper came up to replace the injured Werth, he was only expected to stay until Michael Morse came off the 60 day disabled list two weeks later. Now, Harper comparable to Trout has become far to valuable to send back to the minor leagues. In other words, Harper and Trout have the best odds at the rookie of the year awards because they’ve played like grizzled veterans beyond there years.

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