AL MVP: Mike Trout, Centerfielder, Los Angeles Angels
The best player in baseball will take a much-deserved MVP award, finishing in front of Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, and Jose Abreu.
NL MVP: Giancarlo Stanton, Rightfielder, Miami Marlins
Stanton will lead the MLB in homers in a bounce-back campaign, though it does little to get the Marlins in the playoffs. Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, and Nolan Arenado are runners-up.
AL Cy Young: Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Archer leads a stellar Tampa rotation to a playoff berth, finishing with the league lead in ERA.
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
A World Series MVP, Mad Bum goes mad in the regular season, winning 20 games for the playoff-bound Giants. Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw, and Jacob DeGrom aren’t far behind.
AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians
There is disappointment no more in Cleveland as the Indians take the division crown from Kansas City. Tampa’s Kevin Cash and Texas’ Jeff Bannister earn their teams playoff bids.
NL Manager of the Year: Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants
One of the best managers, if not the best, wins the honor as San Francisco wrestles the division away from Los Angeles. Dusty Baker works wonders with his new team, the Nats, and Joe Maddon’s Cubs separate themselves from the pack.
AL Rookie of the Year: Joey Gallo, Outfielder, Texas Rangers
The 3rd baseman-turned-outfielder blasts homers at an alarming rate, generating runs for the Rangers and taking the Home Run Derby title. Outfielder Byron Buxton contests Gallo for the honor.
NL Rookie of the Year: Corey Seager, Shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers
The best rookie by far, Seager is going to make an immediate impact on the Dodgers and will be one of the reasons they’re in playoff contention.
AL Home Run Champion: Jose Abreu, Outfielder, Chicago White Sox
NL Home Run Champion: Giancarlo Stanton, Outfielder, Miami Marlins
AL Batting Champion: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
NL Batting Champion: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
AL ERA Champion: Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
NL ERA Champion: Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets
Wild Card Round
Astros over Royals, 6-4
Pirates over Cardinals, 4-1
Rangers over Blue Jays, 3-0
Astros over Indians, 3-2
Giants over Nats, 3-2
Cubs over Pirates, 3-1
Astros over Rangers, 4-2
Cubs over Giants, 4-1
Chicago Cubs over Houston Astros, 4-0