Ray Flowers discusses the big-4 awards in major league baseball – the MVP and Cy Young awards in the AL and NL. Were the right choices made?
The Angels added Simmons. AJP returned to the Braves. The Yankees added Hicks. Rasmus returned to the Astros. Ray Flowers breaks down the four moves.
The Royals made decisions with Davis, Escobar and Gordon. Granderson had surgery. Harvey and Fielder were rewarded, Aoki & Byrd are free agents & Aramis retired.
Ray breaks down the Giants – Belt, Crawford & Duffy – before touching on the young (Pillar) and the old (Morneau).
Ray discusses the outlooks of Brown, Bundy, Soler, Hammel and Moncada. He also discusses the retirement of two former mound mavens.
Every Friday Ray will revive the Daily Trends piece. Today, it’s random thoughts everywhere. Some up, some down, some sane, some crazy about AL players.
Corner infielders are the theme of the day (Abreu, Beltre, Goldschmidt, Machado & Solarte). On the hill Ray highlights Duffey, Heaney, Sabathia, Strasburg & Betances.
Ray talks about shutdown pitchers like MadBum, and guys that wish they had been shutdown (Kazmir, Wacha). He also talks home runs (Davis, Bautista, Carter) and young players having success at the dish.
Ray talks pitching in this piece from the injured Gray to the struggling Miller and Shields. He also mentions a few hurlers who are closing strong like Severino, Santana and Owens.
How good is Khris Davis? Who is closing for the Angels and Orioles? Who is Rich Hill? Is Evan Gattis really the only man in baseball to have reached a milestone achievement?
Greg Holland and Hanley Ramirez are done for the year. Is Pablo Sandoval as well? How good is Erasmo Ramirez this year, and have we overlooked the work of Evan Longoria?
Carpenter is hitting. So are Beltre and Carpenter. On the bump Lewis and Peavy are pushing hard to the finish line as well.
Hitters and pitchers. Who is slowing down as we approach the finish line or who is showing that strong finishing kick as the month of September nears its conclusion.
Ray talks about missing on Bryant and Morales. He also gives his through on Odubel, hot hitters and guys falling on their face as we approach the finish line.
A bunch of pitchers stink. Guys like Bauer and Duffy aren’t even starting anymore. Hitters stink too. First half all-stars like Hosmer and Kipnis have hit the skids.