MLB Week 2 Review

MLB Week #2

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Rookie of the Year

NL: Kenta Maeda

Trevor Story has come back to earth while Kenta Maeda is making a name for himself in his first professional season in the MLB. Through 3 starts and 19 innings, Maeda has surrendered only 1 run, while striking out almost a batter per inning with an WHIP under 1.00. Maeda is now 2-0 and if he continues to pitch the way he has started his big league career, expect a lot more wins to come Maeda’s way.

AL: Tyler White

Tyler White continues his offensive success and for the second straight week, remains the early favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

CY Young

NL: Jake Arrieta

This may be the most difficult award to give out during the 2016 season. Last season, Kershaw, Grienke, and Arrieta would have all been good choices for the CY Young, but only one can win. This year, it may be an ever tighter race. This week goes to Jake Arrieta. Expect a lot of back and forth between Kershaw and Arrieta from start to start, with Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard also thrown into the mix. Arrieta sports a 3-0 record, 1.23 ERA, with opposing batters hitting below .200 against him.

AL: Chris Sale

While 12 American League pitchers currently have a lower ERA than Sale, he has started the season 3-0 with 23 strikeouts in 23 innings. Jordan Zimmerman has yet to give up a run in 2 starts, but he has a less than eye popping K/BB stat line of 7/5. Felix Hernandez has a stellar 1.00 ERA in 3 starts but has already walked 13 batters in only 18 innings pitched.

MVP

NL: Bryce Harper

The only surprise about seeing this name is that he wasn’t the choice in week one of the baseball season. Harper has picked up where he left off last season, batting .359 with 6 home runs, 15 RBIs and 3 stolen bases through only 11 games. Expect an MVP repeat for Harper, with Arenado, Goldschmidt, and Rizzo likely to be right behind him.

AL: Jose Altuve

Donaldson didn’t do anything wrong to lose his spot from week one, but Jose Altuve has continued to shine. Through two weeks, Altuve has hit to a tune of .314 with 4 home runs, 8 RBIs, and 6 stolen bases. Possibly one of the most underrated players in the game, coming in at 5′ 6″, Altuve has an electric presence on the field. Altuve reached the 200 hit plateau for the second straight year last season, and is coming off a record high in home runs (15). If Altuve can continue to put up the numbers he has in past years, expect an average .315+, double digit home runs, around 60 RBIs, and 40+ steals, all leading to the Houston Astros winning the AL West for the first time in franchise history.

Power Rankings

1) Chicago Cubs (9-3)

2) Washington Nationals (9-2)

3) Kansas City Royals (8-4)

4) Baltimore Orioles (8-3)

5) San Francisco Giants (7-6)

6) Los Angeles Dodgers (8-5)

7) Detroit Tigers (7-4)

8) Chicago White Sox (8-4)

9) New York Mets (5-6)

10) St. Louis Cardinals (7-5)

11) Texas Rangers (7-6)

12) Pittsburgh Pirates (7-6)

13) Boston Red Sox (6-5)

14) Toronto Blue Jays (6-7)

15) Houston Astros (5-8)

16) Cleveland Indians (5-5)

17) Colorado Rockies (7-5)

18) New York Yankees (5-6)

19) Oakland Athletics (6-7)

20) Los Angels Angels (5-7)

21) Seattle Mariners (5-7)

22) Tampa Bay Rays (5-7) 

23) Cincinnati Reds (6-6)

24) Philadelphia Phillies (6-7)

25) Arizona Diamondbacks (5-8)  

26) Milwaukee Brewers (5-7) 

27) Miami Marlins (3-7)

28) San Diego Padres (4-9)

29) Minnesota Twins (3-9)

30) Atlanta Braves (3-9)

Written by Jamie Rosner

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