The wait is over! Some of us (me) thought this MLB season was never going to happen after the pissing contest with MLB and the MLB Players union went on for what felt like years. This is going to be a season like we have never seen before, a season in which we wont actually see in person. There will only be 60 games instead of the normal 162 and players can barely look at each other without the fear of breaking the newly established Covid-19 rules. My question is; how will these players perform in front of no fans? Some players might need the roar of the crowd to reach their highest level and some might like the relaxed atmosphere without the 30,000+ drunk fans. All of these questions will be answered by the end of the year. But I am going try and skip the wait for you guys and correctly predict everything right now!
First up is the Individual Awards! Considering it is a short year it was very tough to decide, but here we go…
AL MVP: Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Aaron Judge was robbed of an MVP in 2017 when he lost to *José Altuve. With his lack of time spent on the field over these past few years this shortened season may just be his opportunity to shine. He only has to stay healthy for 60 games and I think this is the year that happens. Hitting against the Red Sox, Marlins, and Orioles pitching should give him a jump against the rest of the league.
NL MVP: Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Well, it is official…Mookie Betts will be a Dodger for the next 13 years and the pipe dream of him coming back to the Boston Red Sox is dead. Mookie is a certified 5 tool star and he is now a member of one of the deadliest lineups in Major League Baseball. Mookie being surrounded by guys like Bellinger, Muncy, Turner and others will continue drive up his production. Don’t be surprised if leads the league in almost every offensive category this year for the Dodgers.
AL Cy Young: José Berríos
José Berríos has some of the nastiest stuff in baseball, which includes an arsenal of a high heater, nasty curveball and a changeup. He nearly struck out 200 batters last year and had a career best 14 wins. He is the Twins ace going forward and I think this is the year he takes the league by storm.
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NL Cy Young: Jack Flaherty
This was a tough decision because the amount of high caliber pitching talent in the NL is endless but I have a feeling he is going to dominate for the Cardinals in 2020 and I am positive I am not alone in this thought. He piled up 231 k’s last year in less than 200 innings along with a rock solid 2.75 ERA.
World Series Prediction:
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Minnesota Twins (Dodgers in 5)