I mean, what's not to like about Scherzer's 2013 campaign? Going 21-3 (lead MLB in wins) with a 2.90 ERA, Scherzer was completely dominant. Striking out 240 in only 214.1 IP, Scherzer used his up to 98.8 MPH fastball to his advantage, and was able to get hits off the scoreboard and pitch deep into games. Scherzer never got pulled before four innings this year, and was unable to not pitch in the fifth inning only once. He made it to the seventh inning in 20 of his 32 starts. 78% of Scherzer's starts were quality starts (6+ IP, 3 ER or less). Scherzer was a quality pitcher. The numbers show it, he showed it, and the Tigers played well behind it (25-7 in Scherzer's starts). He is a no-doubter for my AL Cy Young this year.
Manager of the Year -- Terry Francona
Terry Francona took an Indians team that finished 68-94 in 2012 and led them to the first Wild Card, finishing 92-70. The Indians finished the season with a 21-6 September, playing very similarly to the way Francona's previous team played in the stretch run, the Boston Red Sox. The Indians have a bright future in front of them, with a chance to be even better in 2014. Thanks to Terry Francona.
Comeback Player of the Year -- Victor Martinez:
Martinez missed the entire 2012 campaign after coming off of a 2011 season where he hit .330 with 12 HR and 103 RBI. Victor Martinez came back in 2013 and did not miss a beat, hitting .301/.355/.430 with 14 HR and 83 RBI while continuing to be a smooth operator behind the plate for the Tigers. His success was a large part of the Tigers team that was able to get deep into the postseason.
Rookie of the Year -- Jose Iglesias:
Iglesias is another Tiger, but he's definitely the most deserving rookie for this award. Playing in his first full season for Boston, Iglesias played so well that the Red Sox decided that they had no need for him, but that he needed to stay in the big leagues. They traded him to the Tigers for these reasons, and he continued to hit. On the season, Iglesias hit .303/.349/.386 with 3 HR and 29 RBI, and played great defensively at shortstop to wrap up this award in my opinion.