(BaseballStL) -- With the regular season over, and all the stats in the books, here are my Cardinal award winners:
Most Valuable Player: Yadier Molina
Molina hit .319 with 12 homers and 80 rbi’s. He remains the best defensive catcher in the game. The job he did handling a pitching staff loaded with rookies gives him the MVP edge over Matt Carpenter.
Cy Young: Adam Wainwright
A no brainer. Wainwright led the team with 19 victories and 241.2 innings pitched. He struck out a career high 219. His era of 2.94 was tops among the full time starters.
Rookie of the Year: Shelby Miller
He pitched with such poise it’s easy to forget Miller is only 22 years old. He turned in a season with numbers most established veterans never reach: 15-9, 3.06 era, 169 k’s.
Super-Sub award: Matt Adams
When Allen Craig went down the Cardinals would have been in serious trouble without Adams. “Big City” answered the call with 8 hr’s, 15 rbi’s and a .315 average in September.
Most Improved: Matt Carpenter
Who saw this coming? Carpenter went from early season question mark to N.L. All Star and had one of the best seasons a Cardinals second baseman has ever had: .318, 78 rbi’s, 199 hits.
IronMan Award: Matt Carpenter
Carpenter and Jon Jay tied with 157 games played. Carpenter would gladly have played in all 162 if Mike Matheny had let him. He had 78 more at bats than Jay, and spent a lot more time running around the bases (126 runs scored).
Unsung Hero: Edward Mujica
He might not even have a roster spot for the postseason because of his recent struggles, but where would the Cardinals have been without the “Chief”? He carried an era below 2.00 most of the season. 37 saves and only 4 blown saves.
Mujica may be a forgotten man by the time the postseason ends, but his contribution to the 2013 Cardinals was absolutely vital to their success.