Sep 16, 2019

Injuries are causing MLB MVPs to drop like flies

Mike Trout. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Just a week after the Brewers lost reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich for the season due to a fractured knee cap, the Angels have lost perennial American League MVP Mike Trout for the season due to foot surgery.

Why it matters: In addition to winning recent MVP awards, Trout and Yelich are also frontrunners this year. In spite of his injury, Trout will likely still win the AL award, while Yelich's chances could be fading.

  • Trout: "I've been dealing with it for like the last month, and it progressively got worse. … I was just tired of having to deal with it, having to come in and worry about my foot." (LA Times)
  • By the numbers: Trout finishes the season with a .291/.438/.645 slash line, 110 runs scored, 104 RBI and a career-high 45 HR.

What's next:

  • AL MVP: Trout's absence will likely cost him the lead in a few statistical categories, but he's still comfortably ahead of his biggest challenger, Houston's Alex Bregman.
  • NL MVP: This is Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger's award to lose now, but if he doesn't seize the moment, Yelich could still beat him out.

Go deeper: 2019 is the year of the home run

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The MLB's year in review

Data: Baseball Reference; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The American League featured plenty of boom and bust. The only race that came down to the wire was the wild card, where the Rays and Athletics beat out the Indians.

My awards picks:

  • MVP: Mike Trout, Angels (runner-up: Alex Bregman, Astros)
  • Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, Astros (Justin Verlander, Astros)
  • Rookie of the Year: Yordan Alvarez, Astros (John Means, Orioles)
  • Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone, Yankees (Rocco Baldelli, Twins)
The National LeagueArrowUpdated Sep 30, 2019

The Washington Mystics cap a magical year with first WNBA title

Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Washington Mystics overcame a second-half Connecticut Sun lead to win Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, 89-78, and claim the franchise's first championship.

Why it matters: This win delivers long-awaited titles to the WNBA's best player, Elena Delle Donne, as well as its all-time winningest coach, Mike Thibault.

Go deeperArrowOct 11, 2019

MLB on verge of first-ever season with four 100-win teams

The Astros won their third straight AL West title yesterday. Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Dodgers (100-56) won their 100th game of the season yesterday, joining the AL East champion Yankees (102-55) and AL West champion Astros (102-54) as triple-digit victors.

Why it matters: Baseball has never had four 100-win teams in a single season, but the Braves (96-61), Twins (96-60) and Athletics (94-62) could change that.

Go deeperArrowSep 23, 2019