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. Atlanta Braves
They have stiff competition to repeat as division champs, but they have more elite talent at key positions than their division rivals.
2. Washington Nationals
Not having Anthony Rendon in the middle of their lineup will hurt, but their pitching staff as why they won the World Series last year.
3. New York Mets
Having the designated hitter the entire 60-game season plus the Postseason will benefit the Mets if they should make it to October.
4. Philadelphia Phillies
Their bullpen will be their downfall once again. Will they learn that lesson in the offseason?
5. Miami Marlins
The massive rebuild continues with some interesting pitching prospects starting to emerge.
Player to Watch: P Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
Best Acquisition: OF Marcell Ozuna – Atlanta Braves
New Kid on the Block: INF Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals