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Gerrit Cole Shuts Down the Yankees to Put the Astros Ahead in the ALCS




What a difference 48 hours makes.

The New York Yankees were feeling great about themselves on Saturday night, after crushing the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS by a score of 7-0.

Then in Game 2, the Yankees forced extra-innings and almost stole both road games before returning home to New York to play Games 3, 4 and 5.

But in the 11th inning late Sunday night, Carlos Correa hit a walk-off home run to even the series at one game apiece.

On Tuesday night, the Yankees had to face Astros ace Gerrit Cole and they simply stood no chance.

Cole was dominant once again for the Astros, lowering his postseason ERA to a minuscule 0.40 after shutting out the Yankees through seven innings.

The flame-throwing righty did make things more difficult for himself, walking five batters, but seemed to always get the big strikeout when he needed it.

The Yankees really only had one chance to win that game and they missed it by inches. In the fifth inning, with two runners on base, Didi Gregorious nearly hit a home run that would have changed the game.

Ultimately the Yankees would only score once Cole left the ballgame, when Gleyber Torres hit a home run in the eighth inning.

The Astros already had four runs at that point and they would cruise to the 4-1 victory, taking the first game in the Bronx.

As this series moves to a Game 4, there could be a huge advantage heading Houston’s way, coming from the weather. That is because there is expected to be rain in the forecast that would push the series back a day.

Houston has been operating with a three-man rotation in October and plans to continue to do so. If the game gets rained out, the Astros get an extra days rest to set up their starting rotation.

Regardless of the weather, if the final outcome of this series ends up being Gerrit Cole on the mound to pitch a Game 7, you have to like the Astros chances to advance to the World Series.


Mike Shildt and Rocco Baldelli Named 2019 Managers of the Year




On Tuesday night, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced the two Managers of the Year for the 2019 season.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt took home the award for the National League and Rocco Baldelli won for the American League.

Both managers were in their first full season with their respective clubs, as Shildt was the Cardinals interim manager in 2018, after Mike Matheny was fired in the middle of the season.

Shildt has managed the Cardinals to a 135-95 record over his season and a half at the helm and guided them to the NL Central title in 2019.

Baldelli was a rookie manager with the Minnesota Twins, getting his first managerial gig at just 38 years old. He joins a long line of successful managers for the Twins, who have done well in winning this particular award.

Baldelli won 101 games in his first season, as his Twins’ offense led all of baseball in home runs. Minnesota won their first division crown since 2010 under Baldelli.

Unlike Baldelli, Shildt was not a former player, at least not at the professional ranks. With the great tradition of former player becoming managers, Shildt has definitely taken the road less traveled.

In doing so, he becomes the first person to ever be named Manager of the Year without playing professional baseball.

Now it is up to both of these managers to continue their success next season, as they each look to repeat as the winners of their respective Central Divisions.

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Pete Alonso Named National League Rookie of the Year




Pete Alonso just completed one of the best rookie seasons in MLB history, bursting onto the scene as one of the top sluggers in the game in his first year with the New York Mets.

Alonso hit an MLB rookie record 53 home runs, breaking the mark that Aaron Judge set with the crosstown rival New York Yankees in 2017.

Because of his incredible season, Alonso has been named the National League Rookie of the Year for the 2019 season.

Alonso set single-season franchise records for home runs (53), extra-base hits (85) and total bases (348), along with countless franchise rookie records.

He was the Home Run Derby champ during the All-Star Break and lead the MLB in home runs overall.

Alonso becomes the second Mets position player to ever win the award, joining Darryl Strawberry who took home the honors in 1983.

The 24-year-old first baseman has quickly become the face of the franchise for the Mets, as he is well-spoken and respected, making him an absolute fan-favorite.

The New York Mets have a bright future with Alonso leading the charge, as he hopes to deliver their first World Series title since 1986.

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Yordan Alvarez Wins AL Rookie of the Year Award




The Houston Astros struck gold when they promoted rookie Yordan Alvarez on June 9th.

The Cuban slugger took no time to get adjusted to the big league level, as he quickly became the first Astro to ever homer in both of his first two games. Then he just kept on slugging, quickly becoming the Astros top power hitter.

Now it has been announced that Alvarez has won the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Alvarez started the year playing for the Round Rock Express in Triple-A, before earning his promotion to the Astros. In 56 games at Triple-A, Alvarez hit .343 with 23 home runs and had 71 RBIs.

After playing at such an elite level, Houston called Alvarez up to the show, where he continued to rake. Playing in just 87 games, Alvarez hit .313/.412/.655, with 27 home runs and 78 RBIs.

Alvarez received all 30 first-place votes for Rookie of the Year, becoming the 11th American League player to ever win the award unanimously.

While the Astros just lost the World Series, they are sure to clean up in winning awards, as they have a real chance to sweep all of the significant awards.

Alvarez is the Rookie of the Year, Gerrit Cole is expected to win the Cy Young and Alex Bregman is one of the finalists for MVP.

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