Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty might have been the National League’s best pitcher after last season’s All-Star break, racking up seven wins, 123 strikeouts and staggering tallies with ERA (0.91) and WHIP (0.71) over his final 15 starts.
Cubs shortstop Javier Baez enjoyed rock-solid numbers across the board last season, but the production fell considerably short of his dynamic tallies from 2018: 34 homers, 111 RBI, 101 runs, 21 steals, a .290 batting average and .881 OPS rate.
Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, 23, has already enjoyed robust averages of 24 homers, 79 RBI, 104 runs, 14 steals, a .278 batting average, .329 on-base percentage and .805 OPS over the last two seasons.
Dodgers first baseman/outfielder destroyed National League pitching last year, rolling for 47 homers, 115 RBI, 121 runs, 15 steals, a .295 batting average, .389 OBP and .938 OPS.
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Under MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s plan, the number of playoff teams would greatly expand to 14 clubs for the 2022 postseason.
MLB: Good luck catching the Dodgers in the NL pennant race, in lieu of their mega-trade for Mookie Betts
Outfielder Mookie Betts, the 2018 AL MVP, had enjoyed a four-year average of 24 homers, 94 RBI, 122 runs, 24 steals and a .305 batting average with the Red Sox since 2016.
MLB fans should embrace the time-tested arguments between players and the home-plate umpire. ‘Robot’ technology for balls-and-strike calls could be coming to baseball’s regular season — sooner than later.
In his 20-year career with the Yankees, shortstop Derek Jeter (3,465 hits, 260 homers, 1,311 RBI, .310 average, .377 on-base percentage) claimed five Gold Gloves and five world championships.
On Monday afternoon, just hours after Major League Baseball suspended manager AJ Hinch (left) and GM Jeff Lunhow for the 2020 season … team owner Jim Crane fired both from the club.
MLB: Gerrit Cole’s record-breaking contract could return title-chasing Yankees to ‘Evil Empire’ status
For his two-year stint with the Astros (2018-19), pitcher Gerrit Cole posted absurd cumulative tallies of a 2.68 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 602 strikeouts and 35-10 overall record.