The 2014 MLB season is over. And now we move to one of the best things there is in sport: October baseball.
This season saw a league dominated by great pitching, young star players and the hopes of playoff droughts waiting to be broken this postseason.
Here are my awards for the 2014 MLB season:
NL MVP & NL CY YOUNG
In a season dominated by great pitchers, three pitchers stood out to me. Among the three, I believe Clayton Kershaw had one of the best seasons in a long time. Kershaw was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and 239 strikeouts. Kershaw’s 21 wins in 27 starts was the best since Fred Goldsmith did the same thing for the 1880 Chicago White Stockings. His 1.77 ERA and 21 wins both led the NL; this was his fourth straight season leading the NL in ERA. Kershaw also helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to the NL West crown and a record of 94-68. (ESPN Stats and Info)
One of the MLB’s best young stars is Mike Trout. Mike Trout missed out on the AL MVP the best two seasons, but this year he helped lead the Los Angeles Angels to the best record in baseball at 98-64 and to win the AL west crown. Trout led the AL in runs scored (115), RBIs (111) and also finished the year with 36 home runs and a .561 slugging percentage. Despite struggling to make contact with the ball at times (.287 AVG and 184 strikeouts), Trout was the best player on the best team in baseball all year long.
AL CY YOUNG
There is no clear cut favorite in the AL for the Cy Young, but I believe Felix Hernandez should win the Cy Young this year. Hernandez finished first in ERA with an average of 2.14 runs earned. Hernandez also went 15-6 (tied for 8th in wins) and was fourth in strikeouts this season with 248 Ks. Felix Hernandez also helped lead the Seattle Mariners to an 87-75 records, their best season since they went 88-74 in 2007.
MLB Playoff Predictions
With the Kansas City Royals ending their 29 year playoff drought, the Pittsburgh Pirates making the playoffs for the second straight year after missing the playoffs for 20 years and numerous other teams looking to end World Series droughts (Baltimore – 31 years, Dodgers – 26 years, Oakland – 24 years, and Washington – Never) here are my playoff predictions:
NL Wild Card-
San Francisco 4, @Pittsburgh 2
AL Wild Card-
@Kansas City 6, Oakland 3
1) Washington over 5) San Francisco 3 games to 2
2) Los Angeles Dodgers over 3) St. Louis 3 games to 1
1) Los Angeles Angels over 4) Kansas City 3 games to 1
2) Baltimore over 3) Detroit 3 games to 2
2) Los Angeles Dodgers over 1) Washington 4 games to 1
2) Baltimore over 1) Los Angeles Angels 4 games to 2
MVP: Adam Jones
Los Angeles Dodgers over Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1
I am sticking with my preseason pick.
Party like it’s 1988!!!
(ESPN stats and info)
No bias involved, for I am a Cubs fan hoping that 2015 is their year.
Thanks for reading!!