* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Oakland Athletics
With their pipeline of pitching on the way they will be hard to contend with in the dog days of summer.
2. Los Angeles Angels
Assuming Shohei Ohtani is back to his old self from his rookie season and Trout and Rendon are playing at an All-Star level, they should be in the Wild Card hunt.
3. Houston Astros
The loss of George Springer in free agency is going to hurt, but not having Justin Verlander in the rotation will be more damaging.
4. Seattle Mariners
They have some intriguing pieces in place for a possible run at a Wild Card spot.
5. Texas Rangers
The growing pains will continue, but their new ballpark looks nice.
Player to Watch: P/DH Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
Best Acquisition: P Raisel Iglesias – Los Angeles Angels
New Kid on the Block: OF Jarred Kelenic – Seattle Mariners Continue reading
Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Houston’s lineup has gotten hot at the right time. If not for an influx of runs scored by Oakland in Game 3 it would have been a clean sweep for the Astros. Continue reading
American League Division Series
1. Tampa Bay Rays vs. 5. New York Yankees
Just as expected the Rays pitching and some timely hitting led to their sweep of Toronto in the Wild Card series. Continue reading
American League Wild Card Series
1. Tampa Bay Rays vs. 8. Toronto Blue Jays
Don’t scoff at the Rays being the best team in a 60-game season. They did accomplished this feat in ways most teams can’t. Continue reading
NL MVP – SS Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
AL MVP – OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
NL Cy Young – Mike Soroka – Atlanta Braves
AL Cy Young – Mike Clevinger – Cleveland Indians
NL Rookie of the Year – 3B Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals
AL Rookie of the Year – OF Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox
NL Manager of the Year – Mike Shildt – St. Louis Cardinals
AL Manager of the Year – Bob Melvin – Oakland Athletics Continue reading