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1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 98-57
It is Team MVP Week, and for the defending champs, it’s 3B Alex Bregman. At just age 24, he leads the Astros with 30 home runs and 100 RBI. Bregman made his first All-Star team this year, but he may be a fixture there for years to come.
2 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 105-51
RF Mookie Betts has had a season for the ages, hitting .343 with 31 HRs, 78 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and a 1.070 OPS. He turns 26 the first week of October, and Red Sox fans are hoping he has a successful birthday month.
3 New York Yankees New York Yankees 95-60
He’s finally back in the lineup after missing 46 games, but RF Aaron Judge is still the best the Bronx Bombers have in 2018. His .923 OPS leads the team, and he hopes to add to his 26 HRs and 62 RBI total in the final week of the season.
4 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 87-69
This duo is equally representative of the Dodgers’ season in many ways, including being injured. Both SP Clayton Kershaw (2.45 ERA) and 3B Justin Turner (.318 batting average, .938 OPS) are ready to lead another postseason run in L.A.
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 94-62
Where does Oakland find these guys? 3B Matt Chapman is just 25 years old, but his Gold Glove-caliber defense is amazing to watch. Throw in 23 HRs and an .869 OPS, and you have an All-Star player in the making for the next few seasons, at least.
6 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 91-64
The Cubs would be lost this season without 2B Javier Baez. Another 25-year-old star, he leads Chicago with 34 HRs and 111 RBI. The .896 OPS is impressive, too. Baez also leads the club with 152 games played this season.
7 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 87-68
The young ones are taking over the league. SS Francisco Lindor, just 24, has hit 36 HRs and driven in 89 runs this season so far. Add 23 SBs, and you can see why he is turning heads across MLB with his stunning season.
8 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 87-68
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If SP Blake Snell does not win the American League Cy Young Award, it will be a crime against humanity. With a 21-5 record, he also has posted a 1.90 ERA and 211 strikeouts over just 175 2/3 innings. Tampa Bay, like Oakland, just finds these guys.
9 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 88-68
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The rookies in Atlanta have gotten the press, but it’s veteran 1B Freddie Freeman the Braves still cannot do without. His .311 batting average leads the team, and the 23 HRs and 95 RBI are not too shabby, either. America’s Team is October bound again!
10 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 89-67
CF Lorenzo Cain has done exactly what the Brew Crew expected of him this year. His great defense has been augmented by a .308 average and 29 SBs. Don’t forget that intangible leadership factor, either.
11 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 87-69
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At age 32, no one saw this kind of season from UTL Matt Carpenter. Logging time at first, second, and third bases, he has added 36 HRs and a .911 OPS to the equation. Wouldn’t every team want someone like Carpenter on the roster? We think yes.
12 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 78-78
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It has been a disappointing year for the Nats, but don’t tell that to SP Max Scherzer. He’s closing in on 300 Ks in just 213-plus innings, and the 17-7 record with a 2.57 ERA stands out on this underachieving squad. He isn’t slowing down at age 33.
13 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 85-70
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Stop the presses, but the Rockies have a starting pitcher atop their roster in terms of Wins-Above-Replacement value. That’s Kyle Freeland, and with a 16-7 record and a 2.84 ERA (that is not a misprint), he’s redefining pitching for Colorado.
14 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 79-77
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What does it say when 1B Paul Goldschmidt hits .294 with 33 HRs and 83 RBI, and we think he’s having a down year? Yes, we know that’s not fair, for Arizona would not have been in contention this season at all without his bat in the lineup.
15 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 85-70
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The second half of the season fizzled for Seattle, but don’t blame RF Mitch Haniger. His .871 OPS leads the team, and the 26 HRs and 91 RBI certainly helped the Mariners get as far as they did in 2018. Haniger deserves a lot of credit for that.
16 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 78-76
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SP Jameson Taillon carried a big load for the Pirates this year, posting a 13-9 record and a 3.24 ERA for Pittsburgh. He also led the pitching staff in complete games and strikeouts as he filled the No. 1 spot in the rotation nicely.
17 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 75-81
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Who else but CF Mike Trout? An injury probably cost him another AL MVP, but at age 27, we’re still looking at a future shoo-in Hall of Fame player. The 1.096 OPS is mind boggling, as are 38 HRs, 24 SBs, 98 runs, and 115 walks in just 134 games.
18 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 78-77
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SP Aaron Nola is going to get a lot of National League Cy Young votes. Going 16-6 with a 2.45 ERA and 216 Ks in 205-plus innings can do that for a guy, even when he pitches in Philadelphia. He is just 25 years old.
19 New York Mets New York Mets 73-83
SP Jacob deGrom has just a 9-9 record, but his 1.77 ERA and 259 Ks in just 209 innings are incredible. Not only that, but he gave up just ten HRs this season. Too bad the Mets couldn’t score any runs for him, because those numbers are insanely good.
20 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 72-84
This was not a good year in San Francisco, but 1B Brandon Belt (14 HRs, 46 RBI in 112 games) and rookie SP Dereck Rodriguez (2.50 ERA in 18 starts) deserve some credit for keeping the Giants near .500 for most of the year.
21 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 71-83
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LF Eddie Rosario had another good season for Minnesota, and he turns 27 later this week after posting 24 HRs, 77 RBI, and a .288 average for the Twins in 2018. Those are very similar numbers to his 2017 season.
22 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 66-89
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Kudos to SP Mike Minor for his 12-8 record on this team. He missed all of 2015 and 2016 with injuries, but this was a great comeback season for him. With 28 starts and 157 innings, we hope he stays healthy for a long time now going forward.
23 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 66-91
2B Scooter Gennett has put together two straight stellar seasons. This year, he has played in a career-best 151 games, while hitting a career-high .315 in the process. The 23 HRs and the 92 RBI are nice, too, of course.
24 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 71-85
This was not a season to remember for Toronto, but 1B Jusin Smoak was the best player on the team. His .816 OPS was built on 25 HRs and 77 RBI. Both those numbers led all Blue Jays hitters in 2018.
25 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 62-94
LF Hunter Renfroe leads the Padres currently with 25 HRs and 66 RBI. His .816 OPS also leads all San Diego hitters who have played in at least 100 games this year. He will be 27 next season, so Renfroe has nowhere to go but up.
26 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 63-93
RF Nick Castellanos delivered a nice season for the lowly Tigers, hitting .302 with 22 HRs and 86 RBI on his way to posting a fine .862 OPS. He is the only regular starter in Detroit’s lineup to post an OPS+ over 100 this year.
27 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 62-93
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The only catcher on our MVP list this season, J.T. Realmuto has been a bright spot in Miami. His .846 OPS was built upon a .284 average, 21 HRs, and 73 RBI. Every one of those numbers was the best on the Marlins this year.
28 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 61-94
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SS Tim Anderson might not be a bad addition to your fantasy team next year, thanks to 20 HRs, 64 RBI, and 26 SBs this season. He is just 25 years old, too, so everyone will expect more from him in 2019 now.
29 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 54-102
This was a season to forget in Kansas City, of course, but not for 2B Whit Merrifield. His 38 SBs represent the big number, but throw in an .810 OPS, a .304 average, 12 HRs, and 58 RBI, too. That’s a nice, all-around year at the plate.
30 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 45-110
Yes, even the Os have an MVP, he was traded to the Dodgers in July. SS Manny Machado (.963 OPS, 24 HRs, 65 RBI) did the best he could for Baltimore before he was flipped for future prospects.