It was not an easy decision, but here’s how I voted: 1. But 2020 was no normal year, so let’s embrace the chaos.
Will Dodgers be OK if Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin don't contribute more? 2020 MLB Predictions Updated after every game. And, though I know the percentages are the same, I’m just not sure I can give the MVP award to a guy who’s only going to play 12 games in a season (if I had a vote this year, which I do not). Others receiving votes: deGrom (11), Flaherty (10), Max Scherzer (8), Stephen Strasburg (5), Clayton Kershaw (4), Luis Castillo (2), Aaron Nola (1), Kyle Hendricks (1), Marcus Stroman (1), NL Rookie of the Year: Gavin Lux, Dodgers.
6-keys: media/spln/mlb/reg/free/stories, at Lux, traditionally a shortstop, might have to play second base given that Corey Seager is at short, but his bat could be special after the massive offensive stats he put up in the Minors.
MLB predictions 2020: Here's your division winners, World Series champ Kieboom has both, with a golden opportunity to pick up the baton at third base for the Nationals from Anthony Rendon.
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-- Kiley McDaniel, If not for injuries, I think Luzardo might've won this award last year, with the main concern being an innings cap, something that is no longer an issue in a 60-game season. Why he’s here: Given a rock-solid spot in a rotation — after bouncing between starting and relieving with the Dodgers the past few years — Maeda has flourished with the Twins. Tatis is young, ascendent and the perfect highlight player, capable of demanding our attention with a different skill every night. Get the gang back together, or start a new tradition. -- Joon Lee, Also receiving votes: Jesus Luzardo (4), Nate Pearson (2), Jo Adell (1), Casey Mize (1), The tools are goofy, the summer camp buzz is strong, and he'll be starting every day for the whole year.
In 14 September contests, Ramirez has eight homers, 17 RBIs, 13 runs scored, a .407 average and 1.374 OPS; in Cleveland’s past five games — the Indians have won four of those five, clinching a playoff spot — Ramirez is batting .550 with five homers, three doubles and 13 RBIs, including a three-run walk-off homer against the White Sox on Tuesday night.
The season will go on, though, and now you'll find the CBS Sports baseball staff predictions below for the order of division finishes, postseason and the individual awards.
Dominant Kershaw propels Dodgers in Game 1. In nine starts, Javier has a 3.33 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. In his final 20 starts, though, Arrieta was incredible, posting a 0.86 ERA and allowing just 76 hits in 147 innings.
AL East: 1564-2 31%: Braves 2-0, 3-0, 3-4.
Why he’s here: Cleveland decided to trade away starting pitcher Mike Clevinger without bringing back any legitimate, established sources of offense at the Aug. 31 trade deadline. It's a 60-game sprint that should be unlike anything baseball fans have ever seen – or may ever see again.
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Others receiving votes: Kieboom (7), Carlson (7), MacKenzie Gore (3), Mitch Keller (3), Cristian Pache (2), Dustin May (2), Alec Bohm (1), Nico Hoerner (2), Shogo Akiyama (1). 2020: 1.74 ERA, 2.13 FIP, 13.9 K/9, 5.5 H/9, 0.857 WHIP. NL East: … It happens.
Here are the leading contenders for MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards in each league. A fourth MVP Award would put Trout in some elite company, since only one other player has ever won four or more of them -- Barry Bonds, who won seven. From one Dodger to another, Lux is the pick for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Why he’s here: Yes, I’m cheating.
Given how much things are mixed in the NL East and NL Central, I can safely say we all agree those are both four-team races that will be fun. Series Make Div. Here are the leading contenders for MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards in each league. But look at who’s left out of that group! 3 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, paced the field with 31 votes, 25 more than the closest competitor. Bell presides over one of the most intriguing clubs heading into the 60-game 2020 season. The unexpected becomes expected over the next few months as baseball does its best to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and crown a champion in October. After getting tabled … Recent MLBPA Announces 2020 Players Choice Award Winners Latest From Manfred On Rule Changes, Playoff Expansion Matt Magill, Carl Edwards Jr., Nestor Cortes Jr. Get ready for a wild ride. World Series Make W.S. He won a tightly contested Cy Young race over Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, who also had incredible seasons. Just in Summer Camp, Robert has already homered while falling down and launched a pair of mammoth shots into the far reaches of Guaranteed Rate Field against some tough pitchers last Saturday, whetting the appetite of baseball fans as the regular season -- and Robert's Major League debut -- approach. He leads all AL position players in bWAR (Baseball-Reference formula).
The No. He’s given up six hits, walked nine and struck out 52. As such, the race for the league’s most prestigious awards are unlike any we’ve seen, in at least recent memory. 92d. MORE: MLB playoff bubbles, explained: A complete guide. Is title the Dodgers' to lose? These are not predictions for who will win, but instead who we think should win. Cole is pitching in front of the strongest lineup in the league, and a sixth of his team's schedule is against the Orioles. The MLB Players Association announced the winners of the 2020 Players Choice Awards, with Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman taking … 2 prospect in the game still figures to play an important role as the Dodgers look to win that elusive World Series title. So, yes, I think a pitcher can win an award. Dodgers. Why he’s here: All the preseason talk in Chicago about the White Sox’s revival centered around this massive wave of young talent — and for good reason — and I’m not sure anyone expected Abreu to put up the type of numbers he has this year. He has a brilliant quartet of pitches: high-90s fastball, sinker, changeup and curveball, all of them of good quality. Acuña was the NL Rookie of the Year just two years ago. So much can change in the other four months. Make Your Picks, If this weren't a 60-game season, and Trout's wife weren't due with their first-born child in August, the answer would be Trout. This could be the year he takes home the hardware, though it’s far from a done deal. MLB 2020 predictions: Dodgers are World Series favorites for shortened season. -- Tristan Cockcroft, Also receiving votes: Dylan Carlson (2), Shogo Akiyama (1), Alec Bohm (1), Ke'Bryan Hayes (1), Carter Kieboom (1), Dustin May (1), Brendan Rodgers (1), There's a reason the Dodgers basically refused to include Lux in prior deals for decorated veterans -- they view him as a superstar in the making, with an advanced feel for hitting that should already translate to the major league level.
His ERA’s 0.36, his FIP is 0.74 and he has a 1.4 fWAR, despite pitching just 25 innings.
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And if that wasn't enough to demonstrate Trout's greatness, consider he finished runner-up in AL MVP Award voting four times. He’s top three in pretty much every important offensive category, including OPS (1.106), average (.347), RBI (50), fWAR (3.1) and on-base percentage (.463). Throw in the fact that he's moving from an ace-filled NL East to an AL Central in which he gets to face the Royals and Tigers in one-third of his games while joining a lineup that set the MLB record for home runs and this could be a monster year for the Twins' big offseason addition.
Good luck to those whose job it is to figure out this race. 11:02 pm ET, Five things we learned from Games 1 and 2, Rays' Lowe breaks out of slump with multi-HR game, Manfred: Expanded playoffs, extras rule could stay, Betts' brilliant Game 1 includes steals, free tacos, Bellinger hits Game 1 home run, celebrates responsibly, Ex-Astros GM: 'I didn't know we were cheating'. If this were a 162-game season, odds are a chunk of these candidates would fall out of the competition. Then he had a monster year in 2019, nearly turning in a 40-40 campaign after launching 41 homers and stealing 37 bases. We asked a panel of 32 experts from ESPN's MLB coverage team to name the star players they think will deliver seasons that merit recognition as baseball's MVPs, Cy Young Award winners and Rookies of the Year for both the American and National Leagues.
Bell received 13 votes to win in this category, five more than second-place finisher Joe Girardi. This time, our voters say he'll emerge atop the list, and he won this vote by a wider margin than Trout won in the MVP category -- Cole received 40 votes, with the next closest pitcher, Mike Clevinger, getting four votes.
David Schoenfield, Call me an optimist for anticipating further growth, but Buehler's improvements last season -- boosting his strikeout rate and tightening up already remarkable control -- while showing he could handle a full-season workload suggest to me that he could be on the cusp of barging in among deGrom, Scherzer, Strasburg and teammate Clayton Kershaw in the front rank of NL starters.
Stanton, 3 McCutchen. That’s really impressive.
Both have been worthy of top-three votes in this race. Why he’s here: He was called up in August and caught fire when the calendar switch to September; he’s batted .367 with a .431 on-base percentage and .965 OPS this month.
And the Cardinals' Jack Flaherty was right behind them, garnering 10 votes. The unpredictability for the most part is what makes baseball great.
Standings Games Pitchers. -- Michael Bonzagni, Keeping Clevinger healthy has been a problem, and perhaps the unfortunate theme only continues in a truncated season, but if one extrapolates the numbers few starting pitchers can match this fiery right-hander. Yes, we’re talking about small sample sizes, but this whole season is a small sample size. So we asked 55 MLB.com experts to vote for the 2020 American League and National League Most Valuable Players, Cy Young Award winners, Rookies of the Year and Get the latest odds, analysis, and insights at Yahoo Sportsbook.
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Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. So we asked 55 MLB.com experts to vote for the 2020 American League and National League Most Valuable Players, Cy Young Award winners, Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year. Why he’s here: He’s finished in the top eight of the NL MVP voting four times, with a high of his fourth-place finish in 2018.