Minus Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, the New York Yankees used a pair of relievers to close out the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Monday night and preserve the win for Hiroki Kuroda.
The tide has turned in MLB. The league’s new guard has no problem speaking out — in no uncertain terms — against performance-enhancing drugs and the players who use them.
Although fresh faces are taking over, that doesn’t mean all the old guys are out. Rivera, Hunter and Beltran are back at the All-Star Game, bringing decades of experience and wisdom.
Simply put, Mike Trout was the best player in the game in 2012.
You just hope it isn’t so. These days, there is no way of knowing who is using performance-enhancing drugs and who is not. But the idea that Robinson Cano has used PEDs is enough to sicken any baseball fan or official.
Go ahead and give Cabrera the 2012 MVP, but pencil in Trout for a spectacular career that will likely include multiple MVPs himself.
Both Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout have had historic 2012 seasons, but only one can take home the AL MVP.
Here they are, Evan Roberts’ original 2012 MLB power rankings. Let’s see what lessons can be learned…
The Yankees couldn’t have asked for a softer season-ending opponent. The Red Sox are simply awful, and they have been playing out the string since early August. Last season’s fried chicken and beer collapse has never ended.
It’s time to officially ponder –- if not pummel –- the trade that sent Jesus Montero to Seattle and brought Pineda to, well, rehab. All the signs point toward Ollie Perez Avenue. Or, worse … Carl Pavano.
Angels’ rookie phenom Mike Trout is setting the baseball world alight and is earning MVP consideration.
Mark Teixeira homered twice and drove in five runs, Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single and the New York Yankees overcame yet another homer by Mark Trumbo to rally past the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 Friday night.
The regular season is not the issue for the Yankees. But once they get to the postseason, there may be dark times around the corner.
Ever since Mike Trout was called up, the Angels have been on fire. This 20 year old can do it all…hit for power (12 home runs), hit for a high average (.346) and he has great speed (leading the AL in steals).
In a season with two extra playoff teams and a great deal of parity, virtually every franchise has hope heading into the season’s second half. That’s why you should care about Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic.