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. 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 Continue reading
The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
They were 19-31 on May 24th. Exactly 10 games back in the National League East. I didn’t have them making the Postseason before the season started, but I figured they were good enough to finish 2nd in a tough division. 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