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.
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
* – indicates new to team
+ – 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