Sep 13, 2019

The state of play for MLB's wild-card stretch 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

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

A breakdown of tonight's NLDS doubleheader

Bracket: Axios Visuals

On Tuesday, the Nationals became the first D.C. baseball team in 95 years to win a winner-take-all game. And last night, the Rays out-moneyballed the A's in a battle of low payrolls.

What's next: 8 teams now remain, and the divisional round begins tonight with a National League double-header.

Go deeperArrowOct 3, 2019