American League Division Series
1. Tampa Bay Rays vs. 5. New York Yankees
Just as expected the Rays pitching and some timely hitting led to their sweep of Toronto in the Wild Card series.
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. New York Yankees
A stacked lineup with a legitimate ace in Gerrit Cole and a deep bullpen has them atop the contender list in the American League.
2. Tampa Bay Rays
Their pitching depth is almost unmatched in baseball. They’ll need to score plenty of runs though in a stacked league.
3. Toronto Blue Jays
The youth movement could surprise a lot of folks in a 60-game sprint to the finish.
4. Boston Red Sox
Fortunately for them they have the Baltimore Orioles to keep them out of the cellar this year.
5. Baltimore Orioles
A 60-game season could work to their advantage, but that won’t make them contenders with more playoff spots available.
Player to Watch: SS Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
Best Acquisition: P Gerrit Cole – New York Yankees
New Kids on the Block: Toronto Trio; SS Bo Bichette, 2B Cavan Biggio, 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.