It’s October folks, that means baseball fans in the Great State of Texas are buckling up for another World Series run… Well some of us are anyway. Unfortunately for Ranger fans, the only excitement they get is the curiosity of who is going to be the next manager to live in AJ Hinch’s shadow. Astro fans, on the other hand, have been waiting for this moment all year long. As we found out in 2018, regular season baseball just isn’t all that exciting when it follows a playoff run like that of last years. As far as I’m concerned, the season is just now starting. So lets preview whats to come for the Astros, and the rest of the teams in the playoffs (not the Rangers, obviously).
Like I just said, the regular season was a blur for Astro fans. The defending champs looked bored for most of the season, yet they still went out and nonchalantly set a club record for wins (103) and won their second consecutive AL West Title. All season we heard from the “experts” that the Red Sox and Yankees were the best teams in the AL. Then late in the season the A’s made a strong push to secure a playoff spot. During that time the Astros were missing 3 future Hall of Famers, which caused a mirage in the AL West standings. Oakland is a scrappy squad, but they were never (and I mean NEVER) going to take the division crown away from the Champs! The Yankees started out hot, and had a really good season, winning 100 games and securing the top wild card spot. But the early season narrative that they were a favorite over the Astros proved to be a truly stupid take. The Indians easily won their cupcake division, but we saw what happened this season when they tried to bark at the big dogs… The Astros put their mouthy pitchers right back in their place. The Red Sox proved to be the only real threat to the Astros American League supremacy, winning an MLB best 108 games. They have the likely MVP, whether it be Mookie Betts or JD Martinez. They’re really, really good.
But they’re not good enough. The Astros have the same lethal offense as they had last year. But their pitching is even better. Adding Garrett Cole to the rotation, and adding Hector Rondon, Joe Smith, Phil Pressley, and Roberto Osuna to the bullpen will give the Champs the edge over the Red Sox.
I’m not going to pretend like I paid much attention to the crappy National League… But I did notice a few things. Like how the Braves apparently think it’s 2005. The Brewers seem like a really fun team. And despite winning their division, it seemed for most of the season that the Astros had broken the Dodgers. I guess the Cubs are pretty good again, and the Rockies are in the exact same situation they were in last season. The Nationals are losers. And the Cardinals missed the playoffs, which is always hilarious.
From what I have noticed, it seems like the Cubs and Brewers are the best teams in the NL.
So with all that said, here are my Award predictions, followed by my playoff and WS picks.
AL ROY- Miguel Andujar
Probably would have been Shohei Ohtani if he stayed healthy, or just played offense only all season… Oh well.
NL ROY- Ronald Acuna Jr
No real discussion here. Kid is a star!
AL Cy Young- Justin Verlander
Blake Snell probably deserves it, but I think the OG gets it based on respect.
NL Cy Young- Jacob deGrom
The guy legitimately may have had the best season in the past like 50 years, but the lowly Mets only managed to get him 10 wins. That is enough to drive a guy mad, give him the award out of pity alone. But he also deserves it.
AL MVP- Mookie Betts
Alex Bregman made a late push, and JD Martinez deserves mention, but I think this is Betts’ award this year.
NL MVP- Christian Yelich
This is a no-brainer. How about the Marlins trading the last 2 NL MVPs… lol
Cubs over Rockies
Braves over Dodgers in 5
Brewers over Cubs in 5
Brewers over Braves in 6
Yankees over A’s
Astros over Indians in 4
Red Sox over Yankees in 3
Astros over Red Sox in 6
Astros over Brewers in 4
WS MVP– Alex Bregman
It was a really fun season for the Brewers, but the Astros are the best team since the late 90’s Yankees. This is the beginning of a dynasty. If you aren’t enjoying this team, you should start to. Because they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
Go ‘Stros, Rangers suck!