NL MVP – 1B Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals
AL MVP – OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
NL Cy Young – Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies
AL Cy Young – Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros
NL Rookie of the Year – OF Victor Robles – Washington Nationals
AL Rookie of the Year – OF Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox
NL Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell – Milwaukee Brewers
AL Manager of the Year – Rocco Baldelli – Minnesota Twins
NL Division Winners – Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers
NL Wild Card Winners – Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals
AL Division Winners – Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians
AL Wild Card Winners – Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins
NLCS – Dodgers over Brewers
ALCS – Yankees over Astros
World Series – Dodgers over Yankees in 6 games
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. New York Yankees
Armed with the deepest bullpen in baseball, they’ll look to unseat the defending champion Red Sox.
2. Boston Red Sox
Not having an established closer could put a damper on any talk of repeating as World Series champions.
3. Tampa Bay Rays
Their pitching depth knows no bounds, but they essentially hit the reset button on their lineup.
4. Toronto Blue Jays
The rebuild north of the border is in full swing. Lots of intriguing prospects will be making their debuts shortly.
5. Baltimore Orioles
A repeat of last years 115-loss season is all they have to look forward to.
Player to Watch: OF Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
Best Acquisition: P Charlie Morton – Tampa Bay Rays
New Kid on the Block: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays Continue reading
American League Division Series
New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
The storied rivalry continues into October. This years ‘Bronx Bombers’ made a new record for home runs hit in a season by one team with 267. Continue reading
The building has three floors and doesn’t look like it holds so much baseball history when seeing it from the outside. Once you step inside, you realize pretty quickly that you’re going through a time portal into the many eras that the ‘American Pastime’ has to offer. Continue reading
For the 88th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Nationals Park in Washington D.C. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at Nationals Park and the first in the nation’s capital since 1969 at RFK Stadium, the home of the then Washington Senators. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 32 players for each league.
AVG – Batting Average
ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SV – Saves
BAA – Batting Average Against
WHIP – Walks/Hits Per Innings Pitched
K – Strikeouts
Stats are accurate as of July 13
* – asterisk indicates starter Continue reading