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#1 Posted by liny195 10 months 1 day ago
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(MIL): 3-1Bud Black and Craig Counsell will garner attention for shepherding the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers into the postseason.But NL MOY honors will likely go to the Atlanta Braves' Brian Snitker Aaron Sanchez Jersey , in keeping with the overachieving theme.The Braves are blessed with bushels of young talent but were supposed to be a year or more away from serious contention.Instead, they won the NL East outright over the favored Washington Nationals and fellow upstart Philadelphia Phillies. In his second full season at the helm, Snitker should get his due credit.AL Rookie of the Year3 of 8Masterpress/Getty ImagesShohei Ohtani (LAA): 1-1Miguel Andujar (NYY): 2-1Gleyber Torres (NYY): 10-1Shohei Ohtani's first MLB campaign has been a thrilling roller coaster. After a rough spring, he burst into the regular season as a fully formed two-way star.A balky elbow that will require Tommy John surgery derailed his pitching career, but he stuck around as a hitter and finished with 22 home runs and a .925 OPS to go along with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.Durability concerns aside, Ohtani is too unique of a talent to not be the front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year honors.His chief competition comes from a pair of Yankees infielders: Miguel Andujar (.297 AVG, .855 OPS, 27 HR) and Gleyber Torres (.271 AVG, .820 OPS, 24 HR). They'll grab most of the non-Ohtani vote鈥攅specially Andujar鈥攂ut the generational Japanese sensation should snag this prize.NL Rookie of the Year4 of 8Lynne Sladky/Associated PressRonald Acuna Jr. (ATL): 1-1Juan Soto (WAS): 3-1Harrison Bader (STL): 12-1Jack Flaherty (STL): 12-1As mentioned, the Braves have blossomed ahead of schedule and won the NL East behind a burgeoning young core.That core is exemplified by outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. The 20-year-old owns a .293/.366/.552 slash line with 26 home runs and 16 stolen bases, and he could garner stray MVP votes.He has competition from 19-year-old Nationals rookie Juan Soto (.292/.406/.517, 22 HR). But the fact that Acuna's Braves are charging into October while Soto's Nats stay home should tip the scales.Oh, and a cap tip to the St. Louis Cardinals' duo of outfielder Harrison Bader and right-hander Jack Flaherty, who warrant mention but haven't matched the hype of Soto or Acuna.AL Cy Young Award5 of 8Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesBlake Snell (TBR): 3-2Justin Verlander (HOU): 4-1Corey Kluber (CLE): 4-1Chris Sale (BOS): 4-1Blake Snell paces the AL with a 1.89 ERA. He's struck out 221 in 180.2 innings and owns a 21-5 record http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , if that's worth anything these days. He's the poster boy for the shockingly good underdog Rays.The Tampa Bay southpaw has competition from the Astros' Justin Verlander (2.52 ERA, 214 IP, 290 SO), the Red Sox's Chris Sale (2.11 ERA, 158 IP, 237 SO) and the Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber (2.89 ERA, 215 IP, 222 SO).That's a trio of decorated studs with impressive track records and multiple Cy Youngs between them.They could be measured against their past excellence, however, whereasSnell has that intoxicating new-ace smell.NL Cy Young Award6 of 8Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom (NYM): 1-1Max Scherzer (WAS): 3-2Aaron Nola (PHI): 9-1The Senior Circuit Cy Young chase features three NL East arms whose clubs whiffed on the postseason.There's New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who led both leagues with a 1.70 ERA while striking out 269 in 217 innings.There's three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who led baseball with 330 strikeouts and posted a 2.53 ERA for the Nationals.Lagging behind that pair but still worth mentioning: Philadelphia Phillies righty Aaron Nola (2.34 ERA, 224 SO, 212.1 IP).DeGrom has the edge for winning the ERA crown and amassing the highestWAR total, according to FanGraphs' measure (8.8 to Scherzer's 7.2). But don't be shocked if Mad Max adds another piece of hardware to his trophy case.AL MVP7 of 8Charles Krupa/Associated PressMookie Betts (BOS): 3-2J.D. Martinez (BOS): 3-1Francisco Lindor (CLE): 8-1Jose Ramirez (CLE): 8-1Mike Trout (LAA): 8-1The AL MVP race comes down to a pair of Red Sox.Mookie Betts led both leagues with a .346 average Russell Martin Jersey , clubbed 32 home runs and paced baseball with 10.2 WAR.His teammate J.D. Martinez outdistanced the field with 130 RBI, swatted 43 home runs and hit .330.Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (.272 AVG, 39 HR, 34 SB) belongs in the conversation. You could make a case for Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (.277 AVG, 38 HR, 25 SB). And oh, by the way, Mike Trout did Mike Trout things (.312 AVG, 39 HR, 24 SB) for the also-ran Angels.All things considered, Betts' batting title and the fact that he posted 20 defensive runs saved in right field while Martinez was primarily a designated hitter should tip the scales.NL MVP8 of 8Aaron Gash/Associated PressChristian Yelich (MIL): 1-1Javier Baez (CHC): 3-1Nolan Arenado (COL): 3-1Christian Yelich's quest for the Triple Crown fell just short after Game 163.After the tiebreaker against the Cubs, the Brewers outfielderled the NL with a .326 average. He hit 36 home runs, one behind the Rockies' Nolan Arenado. And he tallied 110 RBI, one fewer than the Cubs' Javier Baez.Not coincidentally, Baez and Arenado are vying for NL MVP honors.For now Josh Donaldson Jersey , Yelich has the edge after rising from star to superstar, guiding his team to a division title and twice hitting for the cycle in 2018. All statistics current entering Monday and courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Thanks to the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels, baseball got a new twist on the old Abbott and Costello gag of “Who’s on First?”For confused players and fans at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday, it was “Who’s on Second?”A day after Major League Baseball announced it would begin extra innings by putting a runner on second base in spring training games, the Giants and Angels jump-started the experiment — they did it to start the ninth with the score tied at 5.Giants manager Bruce Bochy knew what was going on. Only one problem: He hadn’t told his team.“For the rest of the spring, they’re taking a look at it, so we did it today,” Bochy said after the game. “Actually, I’ve got to tell them it starts today.”So as Giants reliever Trevor Gott entered in the top of the ninth and began warming up, third base umpire Alfonso Marquez signaled to the Angels bench to put a runner at second. The split-squad Angels sent Jhoan Urena to the bag.Gott was confused.“I turned around and asked the umpire, ‘Is he supposed to be here?'” Gott said. “He said, ‘Yeah,’ but he looked like he was kind of joking. I was like, ‘For real?’ He said http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , ‘Yeah, it starts today.'”In fact, MLB teams can mutually agree in exhibition play to begin the ninth inning of a tie game with a runner on second base by informing the plate umpire — MLB has asked each team to try it once. If the game is still tied after the ninth, the teams can agree to either end the game or play a 10th inning.The experiment is already part of the minor leagues. Designed to improve the pace of play, all levels of the minors began extra innings with a runner on second last year. It was done in the rookie level of the minors in 2017.With many fans asking each other what was happening, Gott struck out the Angels’ Bo Way to start the ninth.Gott retired Torii Hunter Jr. on a flyball, moving Urena to third, and struck out Ty Kelly to end the inning.The Giants put Alen Hanson on second in the ninth. The Angels’ Ryan Clark struck out Drew Ferguson, got Mike Gerber on a flyball, walked Levi Michael and set down Pablo Sandoval on a flyout to finish the inning.That was all, the game ended in a 5-all tie.“I would’ve tried to bunt (Hanson) over for Gerber there,” Bochy said. “It just shows you how important execution is. We couldn’t move him over there. That was the difference.”Gott said he was in those situations quite a few times last year at Triple-A Syracuse.“It definitely makes it a lot tougher in terms of how you approach the batter at the plate, 100 percent,” Gott said. “What I saw last year was bunt pretty much every time. That’s what everyone did pretty much.”Some teams intentionally walked the first batter to set up a double play, Gott said.“For here J.A. Happ Jersey , it’s OK,” Bochy said. “I wouldn’t want to see it during the season. It’s a little different. I’m not sure everybody knew what was going on.”Gott certainly didn’t. When did he find out?“When it happened,” Gott said. “When the umpire told me.”Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija had another suggestion: eliminate extra innings completely and consider changing to a points system where teams are awarded three points for a win and each team receives one point for a tie.“We’re playing 162 games and over that many games, you should be able to tell who the best team is,” Samardzija said. “That makes the ninth inning exciting all the time. Who wants to go out and play 15 innings?”Well, Gott for one.“I like extra innings,” Gott said. “I think it measures the depth of the team to some extent.”Bochy has been part of some thrilling extra-inning games as well, including Game 4 of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers that went 10 innings and a marathon Game 2 of the 2014 NL Division Series
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