9 Cincinnati Reds Awards For First Half Of The 2014 Season

9 Cincinnati Reds Awards For First Half Of the 2014 Season

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At exactly the halfway point in the 2014 season for the Cincinnati Reds, the team is riding a five-game winning streak. At five games over .500 on the season, I take a look at the award winners (and anti-award winners) for the Reds' first half of the season.

9. Cy Young: Johnny Cueto

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9. Cy Young: Johnny Cueto

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The MLB leader in ERA at 1.88, Johnny Cueto has been nothing short of sensational on the season. Possibly the league leader for the early Cy Young award in the National League, Cueto has been the leader for the Reds on the mound. At 8-5 in 16 games, Cueto has already thrown three complete games and two shutouts over 124.1 innings.

8. Anti-Cy Young: Homer Bailey

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8. Anti-Cy Young: Homer Bailey

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While things have finally started turning around for Homer Bailey, the 2014 season has not started the way in which he (or the Reds) would have liked. On the year, Bailey is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA and has given up a team high 13 home runs. With a better record than Cueto on the season, this is just more proof of how wacky the game of baseball truly is.

7. Rolaids Relief Man: Jonathan Broxton

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7. Rolaids Relief Man: Jonathan Broxton

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Coming off an injury-filled 2013, Jonathan Broxton has been outstanding for the Reds' bullpen. At 4-0 and a 0.68 (yes, you read that correctly) ERA, Broxton has been the rock-solid backbone for the Reds relievers. Whether it be as a closer (five saves) or a set up man, Broxton has been integral to the Reds' success.

6. Anti-Relief Man: Sean Marshall

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6. Anti-Relief Man: Sean Marshall

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As sad as it is to label Marshall, it is warranted. Injuries plagued Marshall yet again in 2014 and have cut yet another season early in his career. In 2014, Marshall was 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 15 appearances allowing 14 runs and 23 hits over 14 innings.

5. Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton

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5. Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton

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As if enough praise hasn't been written about Hamilton lately, he is easily the Reds' rookie of the year - and arguably the National League rookie of the year halfway through the season. Hitting .282 on the season, only two other leadoff men in the entire NL have more RBI than Hamilton (Charlie Blackmon of Colorado and Matt Carpenter of St. Louis). Hamilton has been the key to the Reds impressive June success.

4. Comeback Player: Devin Mesoraco

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4. Comeback Player: Devin Mesoraco

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We are labeling him a "comeback player" due to his early injuries and Dusty Baker's refusal to utilize the young catcher in 2013. However you look at it, Devin Mesoraco has become arguably one of the best catchers in the game. Hitting .307 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in just 166 at bats, Mesoraco could receive MVP votes as well if his success continues.

3. Anti-Comeback Player: Ryan Ludwick

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3. Anti-Comeback Player: Ryan Ludwick

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After missing the majority of 2013 due to injury, Ryan Ludwick hasn't been necessarily bad in 2014, but he hasn't been good either. While hitting .264 on the year, Ludwick's production has declined with just five home runs and 24 RBI.

2. MVP: Todd Frazier

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2. MVP: Todd Frazier

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Regardless of what anyone else says, Todd Frazier is the best third baseman in the National League right now. And, what can't be argued is that without his early success, the Reds would not be even close to over .500 currently. Hitting .287 with 17 home runs and 46 RBI, Frazier also possesses 52 runs scored and 33 extra base hits.

1. Anti-MVP: Roger Bernadina

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1. Anti-MVP: Roger Bernadina

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No longer with the team after being designated for assignment and ultimately released, Roger Bernadina had yet another rough year in 2014. Hitting just .153 with 5 RBI, the impressive spring training he had was unable to translate into the regular season. Despite getting many opportunities, Bernadina was unable to make an impact on the roster.

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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