Rookie of the Half-season Award: P Wade Miley, Diamondbacks
Runner-Up: OF Bryce Harper, Nationals
Halfway through the 2012 baseball season, it may be a surprising choice that I’ve chosen the Diamondback lefty over the 19-year-old phenom Nationals’ outfielder. Despite a horrible outing this past Saturday against the Brewers (3.2 IP, 8 ER), Miley has still posted outstanding numbers in his rookie season, accumulating a team-best 9 wins (6th in N.L.), and a 2.87 ERA (16th). Miley’s outstanding play has helped the Diamondbacks get back into the playoff scene at the 2012 half-season.
Manager of the Half-season Award: Terry Collins, Mets
Collins (above) has nearly the rest of the N.L. East division looking up at his overachieving Mets in the standings
Runner-Up: Davey Johnson, Nationals
A tough call for N.L. Manager of the Half-season, both Terry Collins and Davey Johnson are “1-A” and “1-B”. Although the Nationals looked to be one year away from contending with the assumption that the Phillies, Marlins, and Braves would dominate the N.L. East, the Mets were projected to be NOWHERE near the top of the N.L. East standings in 2012. The Mets may not hit the long ball too often (66 home runs-12th in N.L.), but they score by playing small ball (376 runs-3rd in N.L.). Even though the Mets’ fielding is an issue (63 errors-2nd worst in N.L.), the pitching has been efficient (3.83 ERA-6th in N.L.), and guys are playing the right way at the right time. Overall, Collins has done significantly more with less (see R.A. Dickey) halfway through the 2012 season. Read more here…