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
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+ – indicates injury
1. Oakland Athletics
They certainly have the most upside at numerous positions, but will it translate into good things in October?
2. Houston Astros
Their GM and Manager have both been fired from the sign stealing investigation. Can Dusty Baker keep them as contenders?
3. Los Angeles Angels
Bringing in Joe Maddon was the smart move and signing Anthony Rendon was nice, but their pitching staff is still suspect.
4. Texas Rangers
With the opening of a new ballpark who will be the player that takes this team to the next level?
5. Seattle Mariners
The direction is pretty straight forward, but when will they finally say it’s time to become contenders?
Player to Watch: OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
Best Acquisition: 3B Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels
New Kid on the Block: OF Jo Adell – Los Angeles Angels Continue reading
Full disclosure, I love baseball and pretty much everything about it. The sights, sounds, smells. All of it. I’d love to teach the next generations how to play America’s past time and I’m becoming more intrigued about that possibility with each passing day. Continue reading
The last time a team from Washington D.C. played in the Fall Classic was in 1933. The Washington Senators lost in 5 games to the New York Giants. The only time the Senators won the World Series was in 1924 defeating the New York Giants in 7 games. That team eventually became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. The Senators still played in D.C. until 1971 when they became the Texas Rangers. Currently the Washington Nationals were once the Montreal Expos who had a storied history as well. The Montreal franchise never played in a World Series, but came close in 1981 and would have contended in 1994 if not for the strike. They will go up against the Houston Astros who will play in their third Fall Classic and their second in the last three seasons. This matchup promises to be very competitive in terms of the starting pitching each team boasts and the depth of their lineups. It will most likely come down to whose bullpen pitches better and which manager outwits the other. Continue reading
New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
It didn’t look too hard for the Yankees to eliminate the Minnesota Twins. 10-4, 8-2 and 5-1 were the final scores in the Yankees sweep. Continue reading