Major League Baseball regular season is over and it’s time to start thinking about who will win all the big awards. Who will be the MVP, Comeback Player, Manager of the year, Rookie and Cy Young Award? The races are closer than they have been in years and the final weeks of the regular season may decide the winners.
Some of these winners were obvious, like National and American League Rookie of the Year. The other awards were much closer so we have to weigh the odds.
We at SportsMainly crunched the numbers, debated the close races and finally came up with our own big board of all the winners and close calls. Remember, before you write us, these are just the opinions of our well-versed staff of baseball enthusiasts and fanatics, so take it all with a grain of salt.
AL Comeback Player of the Year.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals – Odds on favorite.
Sonny Gray, RHP, New York Yankees – close call but he gets edged out by Moustakas.
NL Comeback Player of the Year.
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals – Odds on favorite.
Zack Greinke, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks – came back from a bad injury to pitch the lights out.
AL Manager of the Year.
Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins
Joe Girardi, New York Yankees
NL Manager of the Year.
Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers
AL Rookie of the Year.
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees, this kid is hitting the skin off the balls.
NL Rookie of the Year.
Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers, easy call as this kid is playing some incredible baseball right now.
AL Cy Young Award.
Corey Kluber, RHP, Cleveland Indians
Chris Sale, LHP, Boston Red Sox
NL Cy Young Award.
Two man race…
Max Scherzer, RHP, Washington Nationals
Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
No one is throwing the ball better than these two.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros
Aaron Judge, RF, New York Yankees
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Miami Marlins
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Let’s see how these awards all sort out, the playoffs should be pretty exciting this year as October gets going.
Cincinatti Reds Fire Manager Bryan Price
This Cincinnati Reds announced today that they have fired longtime manager Bryan Price due to their 3-15 start.
This Cincinnati Reds announced today that they have fired longtime manager Bryan Price. This would have been his fifth season with the team, but thanks to their abysmal 3-15 start the powers that be had had enough. Pitching coach Mack Jenkins was also fired and bench coach Jim Riggleman will take over managerial duties in the meantime. Also, Triple-A manager Pat Kelly will be brought up as bench coach and Double-A pitching coach Danny Darwin will be added to the big league staff as well.
In a statement released by the team, general manager Dick Williams said, “At this time, we felt a change needed to happen in order to begin the process of getting this team back on the right track. We realize it is early in the season but feel it is important to be proactive. In addition to these staff changes, we will continue to examine all aspects of baseball operations to ensure we are doing everything we can to improve.”
The firings come after the Reds were shutout in back to back games by the Milwaukee Brewers, something that hasn’t happened since 2015. They’re also about to start a three-game series against the always tough St. Louis Cardinals. So since things looked to get a lot worse before the got better, we can’t blame the Reds for pulling the trigger when they did.
Over his 4 seasons and change as the Reds manager, Price had a record of 279-387. Hardly a number to be proud of. He never finished a season with a winning record and, even more shockingly, the team finished at the bottom of the NL Central with at least 94 losses in each of the past three seasons. When you lay it all out it’s amazing he lasted this long.
In all fairness to Price, this season has already been riddled with injuries. Their big off-season contract given to third baseman Eugenio Suarez has yet to pay dividends as he broke his thumb on April 8th and is out indefinitely. Also their ace pitcher, Anthony DeSclafani is out indefinitely as well with a strained oblique muscle. Right fielder Scott Schebler and lefty pitcher Brandon Finnegan are out as well.
The Reds have seen a slow and painful fall into obscurity since the departure of successful manager Dusty Baker. And, at least for now, it looks like will be a while before they’re able to get back to that level of success. Here’s hoping Reds fans are unlike almost any other fanbase are actually able to do the impossible… be patient.
Shohei Ohtani Is Living Up To The Hype… So Far
Shohei Ohtani has quickly begun showing signs of stardom through just the first 11 games of his Major League Baseball career.
Shohei Ohtani was one of the biggest stories during the most recent MLB offseason. Where would he sign? Would he just be a pitcher? Would he be able to hit Major League pitchers? And where would he sign?! Well, that first (and last) question was answered quickly when he struck a deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. But until the beginning of this season, those other questions remained unanswered. He has quickly started to answer them.
Now, Ohtani is definitely not the first Japanese baseball sensation to make the jump to the MLB. Players like Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, and Yu Darvish are among the most prolific Japanese players that have made the move. And there are many others. But there was something else about Ohtani. Something exciting and rarely seen. He was a dominant pitcher, sure. We’ve seen that before. But the things he could do at the plate were what made him so much more exciting than the Japanese stars that came before him.
But, again, the question remained: could he hang in the MLB. Well, we’re only 11 games into the 2018 season, but it looks he can, indeed, hang. The bigger question mark was always; would he be able to hit Major League pitchers? And the answer, so far, is a definitive yes. He is hitting .389 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs. And his 3 home runs came in three consecutive games. Then there was his second start as a pitcher against the Oakland Athletics this past Sunday.
Ohtani shined just about as bright as anyone could shine in their second career start. He pitched 7 shutout innings with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 12 strikeouts. So, just to makes sure we’re all on the same page, if it wasn’t for those two batters that accounted for the hit and the walk, he nearly pitched a perfect game. To come out and do that in just your second game, with all the pressure and hype that was thrust on him, is truly incredible.
It’s still a little too early to proclaim him a superstar. But things are definitely looking good for him and the Angels. In fact, if he keeps playing like this, he might just be on his way to the Hall of Fame. Only time will tell.
Odds to Win The 2017 World Series
We all know that predicting the MLB postseason is nearly impossible but we decided to give it a shot anyway.
We all know that predicting the MLB postseason is nearly impossible but we decided to give it a shot anyway. We consulted our best MLB experts and even eavesdropped on some other’s conversations to give you the best betting odds. Who cares about individual games, we want to know who is going to be holding the trophy at the end. We will discuss each teams strengths and weaknesses and give you a betting chance to win some cash.
The Diamondbacks strengths revolve around their starting pitching and a revamped offense. They play amazing at home so expect the series with the Dodgers to be really interesting.
The bullpen is their weakness as they have poor relievers, so their late innings suffer. The Dodgers should toss all their lefties at the Diamondbacks as they can’t seem to hit against them.
NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees rely on sluggers and a killer bullpen of closers to win games.
The weakness on the Yankees is obviously their starting pitchers, who will have their hands full with the Cleveland Indian’ offense.
Heavy bats and great team defense are Boston’s strengths.
Behind Sale, their starting pitchers are a clear weakness.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Starting pitching and offensive weapons are the Dodgers strengths. They also play lights out at home.
The best record in baseball can’t hide the huge slump they had just before the playoffs, so we will see if their postseason demons return…
They are the hottest team since the All-Star break, so that should worry teams.
The returning champs have now been there and done that but this young core should be worried. The World Series hangover is real so they should be worried.
Starting pitching now that they have acquired the scorching hot Verlander in a trade is a strength. They also have the Saints-Katrina vibe going. A team often plays lights out after their city suffers a tragedy.
The team defense is in shambles and really need to be tightened up.
An offense full of heavy bats, and a couple of Cy Young candidates are their obvious strengths.
Harper’s knee injury is their weakness as we have no idea how good he will be. Scherzer’s back is also a huge concern moving forward.
This team is full of desperation, so that is a double-edged sword.
There is no team with hotter bats and more momentum behind them than the Indians.
Their only weakness is their inter-division play, so that is worrisome.
The Indians are the clear favorites heading into the postseason, but as we all know, these predictions mean nothing…
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