MLB All-Star Break Report Cards: Who’s in a good position to make a big second half run?

We’ve reached the halfway point of the Major League Baseball season and it’s a good time to refresh and recap what went down in the first half of the long season. We learned a lot about each major league team, and today I am going to be analyzing each contender’s strengths and weaknesses. It will be less of a power rankings piece but rather a report card for each contender’s first half of the season. I’ve split grades up into three main categories with offense, starting pitching, and bullpen. Without further ado, let’s check out the mid season report cards for some of the best MLB Teams.

The “Let’s pack it up and move onto next seasonteams:

The Baltimore Orioles (F)

The Kansas City Royals (F)

The Chicago White Sox (F)

The New York Mets (F)

The Miami Marlins (F)

The San Diego Padres (F)

The Toronto Blue Jays (D)

The Cincinnati Reds (D)

The Texas Rangers (D)

The Detroit Tigers (D)

The Minnesota Twins (D+)

“The On The Edge Group” of Teams:

The Pittsburgh Pirates (C)

The St. Louis Cardinals (C+)

The Tampa Bay Rays (C+)

The Washington Nationals (C+)

The Los Angeles Angels (B-)

The San Francisco Giants (B-)

The Colorado Rockies (B)

The Oakland Athletics (B+)

The Premium Contenders:

Finally, the pure contenders. Don’t be offended if you’re an Athletics, Rockies, Giants, or Nationals fan, I only left those teams out because of the division races they’re in. They very well could become premium contenders within a week of returning from the break. The grades from each section are averaged out and rounded up/down using my own special secret formula.

Boston Red Sox (A)

Offense: A

Starting Pitching: A

Bullpen: B+

Analysis: The Boston Red Sox have been one of the rotating top three teams in the major leagues this season alongside the Yankees and Astros. They have one of the premier offenses in baseball with potential AL MVP’s Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez leading their potent lineup. They closed out the first half going 9-1 in their final ten games and they have a 4.5 game division lead over the also stellar New York Yankees. Chris Sale hasn’t left his Cy Young pitching form and he’s cruised to the top of the conversation at this point in July. Craig Kimbrel has been his old, reliable self out of the bullpen as the closer. The Red Sox’s only weaknesses are at the catcher position, and they could use a few upgrades to bolster their bullpen alongside Kimbrel.

New York Yankees (A-)

Offense: A+

Starting Pitching: B-

Bullpen: A

Analysis: The Bronx Bombers lineup truly lives up to its name. The Yankees are on pace to break the team single season HR record at the break. They get an A+ grade offensively and they have the most fearsome lineup in baseball with talented hitters from top to bottom. I mean look at these names: Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sánchez, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, Aaron Hicks. Those are nine guys who can make pitchers really have nightmares on the mound. Luis Severino has carried the load in terms of starting pitching for New York as he figures to be an AL Cy Young candidate come this fall. And we all know about the stacked Yankee bullpen with Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances both returning to their prime form so far this season. The Yankees will need to upgrade their starting pitching at the trade deadline to compete with the Astros and Red Sox, and they could use some top line starters. Whether they’ll get them or not is something to be seen.

Cleveland Indians (B+)

Offense (A-)

Starting Pitching (A)

Bullpen: (D+)

Analysis: The Cleveland Indians disappointed a lot of people with their sluggish start to the season. They haven’t been what they were in 2016 or 2017, but they still have coasted to a 52-43 record and first place in a laughable AL Central division. Their offense has been mainly provided by their stud top three in shortstop Francisco Lindor, third baseman Jose Ramirez, and outfielder Michael Brantley. It’s an inconsistent offense outside of them however, which seems why the Tribe should look to add some solid bats to their lineup at the trade deadline. They have a tremendous pitching rotation, led by last year’s AL Cy Young in Corey Kluber. Trevor Bauer is making a case for the award himself this season. But their biggest weakness is their bullpen, which has one of the worst overall ERA’s in the major leagues. They will have to acquire bullpen help over everything else heading into the trade deadline.

Houston Astros (A)

Offense: A-

Starting Pitching: A+

Bullpen: B+

Analysis: The defending champions look the part of possible repeat champions thus far in 2018. The Astros have an even better rotation with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton all having career seasons in Houston. They still have one of the most prolific offenses in the major leagues led by Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and company. They have a solid bullpen but if you had to upgrade one area of Houston’s team, I’d guarantee you most people would choose the bullpen. Ken Giles, their former closer, was just sent down to AAA after constant battles and struggles with the coaching staff. They haven’t gotten the production needed from their bullpen to help them runaway in the AL West, with Seattle and Oakland lurking not too far back.

Seattle Mariners (B)

Offense: B

Starting Pitching: B-

Bullpen: B

Analysis: I’m not as high on the Mariners as a lot of other people but I still think they’re a premium playoff contender at this point of the season. They have a solid ace in James Paxton, solid hitters like Mitch Haniger, Ryon Healy, Jean Segura, and note. Edwin Diaz has been a stud out of the bullpen as the Mariners closing pitcher. But the missing ingredient? I think it’s experience and depth. I just don’t feel a playoff vibe when I look at this Mariners team. Maybe they’ll prove me wrong but right now I think they’re a wildcard team at best, and they should make a ton of moves near the trade deadline.

Atlanta Braves (B+)

Offense: A-

Starting Pitching: B

Bullpen: B

Analysis: I’m proud to say that I believed in this Braves team before the 2018 season started. They are young but man are they talented. Freddie Freeman is an NL MVP favorite and Ozzie Albies has helped him lead the charge on offense. A resurgent Nick Markakis and solid help from the other pieces on offense and you’ve got the NL’s best offensive team. They have a solid rotation comprised of Sean Newcomb, Julio Teheran, Anibal Sánchez, and Mike Foltynewicz. But the Braves lack experience and pitching (both starters and relievers). They should focus on acquiring one more impact starter as well as bolstering the bullpen into a force that will be one to be reckoned with in October. And don’t forget, this is my World Series Pick to represent the NL come October.

Philadelphia Phillies (B)

Offense: B-

Starting Pitching: B+

Bullpen: B

Analysis: The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the biggest surprises thus far in the MLB season. Similar to the Braves, they were an underestimated young team that was expected to sit down behind the Nationals in the NL East. Contrary to expectations, Philly has set themselves apart as a true postseason contender with Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola fueling the franchise’s revival. They sit atop the NL East at the all-star break but if they want it to stay that way, they cannot be quiet at the trade deadline. They could use another starting pitcher, they need to bolster their sometimes lackluster offense, and they need to bolster their bullpen. If they can do those things, there’s no reason Philadelphia shouldn’t be celebrating another postseason appearance for their sports teams.

Chicago Cubs (B+)

Offense: A-

Starting Pitching: B+

Bullpen: B+

Analysis: The Cubs have quietly cruised to a solid position at the all-star break once again and they look primed to break into the postseason again. They have a solid pitching rotation that could use another impact starter to pair with Darvish, Lester, Quintana, and company. They have a wealth of experience on their offense led by Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo. They are one of the most well-rounded clubs in the major leagues and I believe that there is absolutely zero reason that this Cubs squad shouldn’t be competing in the NLCS or the World Series this fall.

Milwaukee Brewers (B+)

Offense: B+

Starting Pitching: B+

Bullpen: B+

Analysis: Much like their division rival Cubs, the Brewers have a solid mix of young talent and experience that should allow them to compete in the postseason. Lorenzo Cain, Jesus Aguilar, and Christian Yelich lead a solid well-rounded offense. Josh Hader is a fantastic young reliever that has helped their bullpen lock up thus far in 2018. Jhoulys Chacin is having a career season as the predominant ace of the Brewers staff. They could use upgrades all across the diamond but my vote would be for the Brew Crew to add one or two impact starters while searching for some bullpen help at the upcoming trade deadline.

Los Angeles Dodgers (B+)

Offense: B+

Starting Pitching: A-

Bullpen: B

Analysis: Last year’s World Series runner-up, the LA Dodgers just don’t seem to go away. After a sluggish start to the 2018 campaign, the Dodgers have rallied to the top of the NL West by the All-Star break. They’ve been bitten by the injury bug many times this season and it’s incredible to see them where they are at with that in consideration. They are closing in on acquiring Orioles shortstop Manny Machado which in its own right would be a massive boost offensively. They could use some bullpen help as well but they’re an experienced team with young talent mixed in at various places. Can they get back to the Fall Classic? I’d bet on them being a favorite to do so.

Arizona Diamondbacks (B+)

Offense: B

Starting Pitching: B+

Bullpen: B+

Analysis: It’s been a tale of up and downs for the Diamondbacks in 2018. They dominated the NL West early on before falling off heading into the summer. Then their offense came alive and carried them back to the top of the division, but they closed out the first half in disappointment by losing the division lead to their rival Los Angeles Dodgers. All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt leads this offense which could use some upgrades at the trade deadline. They’ve gotten some great starting pitching out of their rotation this year and they could use another arm or two to help out their bullpen, but all in all, I think the Diamondbacks have a chance to battle for the NL West or a spot in the NL Wildcard Game.

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Ultimate MLB Second Half Guide: Analysis and Predictions for Trade Deadline, Standings, Awards, and the Playoffs

We are one week away from the MLB All-Star break and inching ever closer to the July 31st league-wide non-waiver trade deadline. We have watched more than one half of the season and we are starting to get a good idea of the playoff picture, trade fits, standings, and award candidates. That’s why I felt that it was the perfect time to release a massive guide to the second half of the baseball season. My guide is here, complete with predictions and analysis on the trade deadline, final standings, playoffs, and season awards.

Table of Contents:

Trade Deadline Predictions- PG. 2

Standings Predictions- PG. 3

AL Playoff Predictions- PG. 4

NL Playoff Predictions- PG. 5

World Series Predictions- PG. 6

Season Awards Predictions- PG. 7

Concluding Thoughts- PG. 8

Heyman: Nationals and Royals have agreed to a deal that will send closer Kelvin Herrera to Washington for prospects

This evening at around 7:45pm EST, Jon Heyman dropped one of the first trade bombs of the summer season when he reported that the Washington Nationals were on the verge of trading for closing pitcher Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals. A few minutes later, Heyman added that the Nationals would trade a few solid minor league prospects (not Juan Soto or Victor Robles) for the service of Herrera in their bullpen. The prospects that Kansas City will be receiving are unknown at this point but Heyman solidified that they are some very good prospects. Getting Herrera is a huge move by the Nationals as their bullpen was one of their biggest weaknesses heading into the summer trade season. Herrera has been strong so far this season, with a 1-1 record and an impressive 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings of work. He has struck out 22 batters and only walked two, while having a strong 0.81 WHIP.

MLB Summer Trade Market 2018: An early forecast on this year’s trade deadline

The MLB season is in full swing and we are getting ready to reach the start of the summer of the long baseball season. June is a few days away and that means that we are inching closer and closer to the trade market heating up in its classic summer form. With my knowledge, I’ve mapped out multiple trades that I think could happen during the trade deadline. So without further ado, let’s get into my early trade deadline predictions. And we will surely look back at this in July and see if I was right with any of my predictions. Let’s go!

  • The Boston Red Sox acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto and second baseman Starlin Castro from the Miami Marlins.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for multiple young, talented prospects.
  • The Cleveland Indians acquire reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a prospect or two.
  • The Atlanta Braves acquire third baseman Mike Moustakas and veteran starter Ian Kennedy from the Kansas City Royals.
  • The New York Yankees acquire reliever Brad Hand from the San Diego Padres.
  • The New York Yankees acquire left handed starter Patrick Corbin from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • The Chicago Cubs acquire right handed starter Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers acquire first baseman Justin Bour from the Miami Marlins.
  • The Houston Astros acquire left handed reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles.
  • The Los Angeles Angels acquire left handed starter J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • The Cleveland Indians acquire veteran outfielder Adam Jones from the Baltimore Orioles.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers acquire utility specialist Jed Lowrie from the Oakland Athletics.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers acquire veteran lefty Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies acquire right handed reliever Brad Brach from the Baltimore Orioles.
  • The Seattle Mariners acquire veteran second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers bring back veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
  • The Cleveland Indians acquire second baseman Scooter Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Despite the Orioles being huge sellers at the deadline, they hold off on swinging a deal trading away All-Star shortstop Manny Machado.

17 of 19 and Rolling: How the Yankees are shaping up to be the best team in baseball

Writing an article of this sort seemed probable in December, but I thought I’d overhyped the New York Yankees once I saw their subpar start to the season. I started to question that maybe I’d been wrong and that the addition of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t going to help bolster the lineup.

I mean, on April 20th, the Yankees looked like one of the few overhyped clubs in baseball. At this point in the season, the Bronx Bombers were considered a team that would stick in the Wildcard race in the American League. They’d limped out to a 9-9 record and their division rival, the Red Sox, the hottest team in baseball at the time, had fired its way to a 17-2 start. And I know it was way early in the season, but at this point, it felt like the Red Sox were the most complete team in the league.

The Yankees just hadn’t been good to start off the season. Sonny Gray was struggling to take command on the mound in his starts and Masahiro Tanaka struggled to consistently dominate deep into his starts. The bullpen was just remotely off and they needed more than just a few hot bats to win ball games.

It All Clicked:

But when the pieces seemed to have been unglued, Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman came to a consensus on calling up top prospect infielder Gleyber Torres. Heading into 2018, Torres was ranked as the fifth best prospect in baseball and his major league debut was expected by fans at some point this season. But I can guarantee you most of these fans expected him to debut during the summer, and definitely not in the middle of the first month of the season. I can confidently tell you that the move was warranted however.

The Yankees needed a spark in the clubhouse, on the field, and in the dugout. They didn’t have an everyday second baseman on the active roster and Torres got the call. Torres debuted on April 22nd, going 0 for 4 in his first game. But since he got to the Bronx, he seems to have a tremendous fit, and he certainly always had the potential to be the next great Yankee on a roster filled with all-star talent. He’s been tearing it up since his debut, batting .344 in 18 games, along with two home runs, including a walk off homer against the Indians last Sunday. And not to mention, the Yankees have only lost twice since Torres debut.

Now while it hasn’t been a pretty start for star slugger Giancarlo Stanton, I expect him to find his stride soon. He’s a great hitter and great hitters tend to eventually figure it out. Stanton hasn’t had to be great however, as these Yankees are the hottest team in baseball right now and they show no signs of bowing out. They’ve won 17 of their last 19 games and it’s certainly not a cheap hot streak to take for granted. Of their 17 wins, only four have come against a team with a record that is below .500. And that team is a Minnesota Twins team that’s starting to heat up.

An Unmatched Streak:

The Yankees swept the Twins, Angels, won 3 of 4 on the road against the defending World Series champion Astros, swept the Indians, and took two of three from their division rival Red Sox. The Red Sox are also the second best team in baseball. But it’s becoming quite clear that the New York Yankees are the best team in baseball.

The Bronx Bombers are already reaching new heights this season and it’s scary to consider that two of their best hitters have really yet to catch fire in Gary Sánchez and Giancarlo Stanton. And don’t forget that first baseman Greg Bird, expects to soon return from an injury. Bird is a very talented and young hitter who adds to the power and nightmare aspect of the Yankee lineup.

The streak truly started off with shortstop Didi Gregorius. He has looked exactly like the kind of player we saw a glimpse of in the postseason last year, as he is a perennial AL MVP candidate who is officially a star and deserves recognition as a top five shortstop in the league. He’s been arguably the team’s best player this season and has put together career numbers thus far, batting .280 with 10 HR and 31 RBIs. And to be fair, nobody expected Didi to be one of the top three hitters in this loaded Yankees lineup. His breakout to stardom is an added bonus to a team full of all-stars. And while Didi has been in quite a slump as of late (5 hits in his last 48 at-bats), he’s established himself as an impact player and he’ll likely get back into that form soon.

Gregorius and Torres aren’t the only impactful bats so far this season. Star outfielder Aaron Judge looks just as good as how he started off last season. In 37 games, he’s batted .311 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. He’s also quite the defensive right fielder and he’s one of the more underappreciated defenders in baseball.

Even through his struggles, Gary Sánchez has been a clutch hitter in multiple games this season, as he has hit two game winning longballs in 33 games. He’s batting a very rough .202, with nine home runs and 29 RBIs. The Kraken has also been a extra base hit machine so far this season, with 17 of his 25 hits going for extra bases or more.

Sánchez still needs to improve his skills as a defensive catcher and it will come in due time, but his value as a hitter is untouched by any catcher in the rest of the league. Giancarlo Stanton’s rough start has gotten better lately, and he’s got his batting average up to .238, as well as having nine home runs and 23 RBIs. Once he gets on a tear, I don’t see any way a pitcher can get out of the game without giving up at least 5 runs.

Brett Gardner, the leadoff hitter in most games for the Yankees, hasn’t been amazing to start the season, but he still puts together quality at-bat after quality at-bat at the plate. He’ll eventually see his .208 batting average rise and hopefully his home run total too.

The Pitching Is Mostly Spectacular:

The Yankees are once again seeing true ace colors from young star pitcher Luis Severino, who has started off the season as dominant and fearless as they come on the mound. He has made eight starts, compiled a 5-1 record with a 2.21 ERA in 53 innings of work. He also is pitching strongly with a 0.87 WHIP and recently threw a complete game shutout against the Astros.

C.C. Sabathia has been resurgent as the veteran pitcher for the rotation. He’s made seven starts, has a 2-0 record in 36.1 innings pitched, with a 2.23 ERA. Aroldis Chapman has been the dominant closer like always, making 17 appearances this season, totaling nine saves with a 1.59 ERA. The Yankees bullpen has been rough at times, but they have a really solid couple of pitchers in Chad Green, David Robertson, and Dellin Betances. They are hopeful that relievers Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren soon make their returns from the DL.

The Yankees have battled the injury bug a ton throughout the young season. Brandon Drury, Greg Bird, Jordan Montgomery, Tommy Kahnle, and Adam Warren are all on the DL. With Montgomery out at least six weeks, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for general manager Brian Cashman to pursue a fifth starter as both insurance and a fill-in for Montgomery.

What To Watch For This Summer:

The Yankees could be big players on the summer trade market. They have a loaded farm system with top prospects like OF Estevan Florial, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Chance Adams, and a young and injured MLB-ready outfielder in Clint Frazier. The Yankees could pursue a bit more in terms of bullpen help, so look out for guys like Royals closer Kelvin Herrera, Orioles relievers Darren O’Day and Mychal Givens as potential targets. They could pursue a talented starting pitcher like Tigers starter Michael Fulmer, Rangers starter Cole Hamels, or Rays starter Chris Archer.

No matter what happens over the next month or two with these Yankees, I’m confident that they are a prominent World Series contender until they prove otherwise. They are talented, hungry, and are in a great position with Cashman having tons of trade chips to work with come July. They’re tied for the AL East division lead with the Red Sox. They start a three game series tonight at home against the Oakland Athletics. Sonny Gray will be on the mound in a game that will start at 7:05 p.m., and will be aired on MLB Network (subject to market).

Tristan Beckmann’s Ultimate 2018 MLB Season Preview And Predictions

It’s one of the most exciting times of year. Baseball is here. It’s back! The MLB kicks off its season on Thursday, March 29th. We are in for a treat this season and baseball fans around the world will gather in a few days to start watching the long journey from Opening Day to the World Series. So since it’s almost Opening Day, I decided to throw together my ultimate preview and predictions for the 2018 MLB season. I’ll predict each award, regular season standings, breakdown the divisions, and predict the entire postseason. Obviously, no one quite knows whether these predictions will be right, but I think I’m a good enough expert about baseball to where these predictions could be reasonably accurate. I hope you agree with them and even if you don’t, be sure to hit me up on Twitter @TBeckmannPSF and give me your thoughts on my predictions. I’m always up for some debate. But enough talking, let’s get right into this Ultimate 2018 MLB Season Preview!

Table of Contents:

PG.1: Introduction.

PG.2: Standings And Divisoon Breakdowns.

PG.3: Playoff Predictions.

PG.4: Awards Predictions.

Cy Young voters have moved past a pitcher’s win-loss record. Or have they?

Perception is everything, but more often than not, it’s deceiving and it leads people into making blank statements without properly analyzing the facts, the subject I’m about to address, really represents that well.
We are in 2018, and the consensus around the MLB community is that we’ve moved past the point of using a pitcher’s win as an accurate measurement of their performance. While for the most part that is true, when you look at the data, it becomes clear that part of that is perception.
I decided to go back to the beginning of the decade (2010-18), at all the Cy Young winners for both leagues since, and analyze if the most deserving pitcher actually won it and if he didn’t, did their win-loss record have anything to do with it.
Obviously looking back at the winners of the 20th century would not be fair, as it wasn’t until the early 2000’s with the Moneyball revolution and all of the sabermetricians that this really took off and people started acknowledging it.
So let’s begin.

Corey Seager Improved His Game in 2017, Kind Of

I’d like to talk about one Corey Seager, last year he had one of the great rookie years ever, had a 7.4 WAR, 136 wRC+ and good defensively with a 10.6 UZR, looking at the numbers this year while he still was one of the best players in the game, he didn’t produce as much value, 5.7 WAR, 127 wRC+, but I am here to point out how this season showed improvements in his play for the future.
The first thing you should know is that he played a large chunk of the season with an elbow problem that could require surgery in the offseason, his 2nd half numbers were significantly worse.
1rst Half

298/395/502   .204 ISO   139 wRC+
2nd Half

292/348/450    .158 ISO   113 wRC+
His injury obviously was a big part of that, the first sign that this season had improvements was his significant increase in BB%, in 16 it was at 7.9 it went up to 10.9, some of that can be attributed to him decreasing his O-Swing%, by coincidentally or not 3.1 percentage points, 32.2 to 29.1.

Say what you want about Walks, the biggest edge Harper has on Machado, that will earn him a lot more money than Manny in next year’s FA class, is plate discipline, what makes Votto as great as he is, is Plate Discipline, and for a guy with Seager’s hit tool that translates into high averages with some power, a BB% over 10, goes a long way.

The second one his 10 DRS and 6.7 UZR, silenced a lot of he’s a long-term 3B noise, after 2 full seasons of above avg defensive production, there’s virtually no doubt he is a Shortstop, but the most important improvement he had this year is this.
2016
250/308/413     .163 ISO   95 wRC+

334/391/557     .223 ISO   155 wRC+
2017
325/389/527     .201 ISO   144 wRC+

281/369/457     .176 ISO   120 wRC+
These were his splits, his first 2 full seasons, the top line is versus lefties, the bottom one versus righties, what you learn is, in 2016 he was so great against righties, that his overall production put him in the top 3 for MVP,  despite being below average against lefties, this year he had a significant improvement in that area.

His production probably won’t be sustainable at this level considering he had a .392 BABIP against LH, but he showed that he can hit lefties and hit them well, which is a feat that a lot of good young players can’t, Jake Lamb isn’t a star because he can’t hit LH, his teammate Joc is held back for the same reason, Benintendi couldn’t hit LH this year.

Obviously, Seager is far better than all of them, but these players are examples of how split issues can hold you back and while his rookie production was so great it masked them, he wouldn’t be able to keep that up long term and this year was a sign he doesn’t need to.

To wrap it up, better plate discipline and great production against LH are facts that prove that Corey Seager improved his play this year and is better positioned to succeed in the future now than he was a year ago.
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MLB Trivia (Part 2)

Baseball Trivia Part 2 is here. Let’s see how you fare this time.

 

Same drill, 3 Pages with 2 questions each, answers in the 4th page, use the comment section to answer them if you wish to.

 

1, There have been 4 300 Strikeout seasons in this century. How many of those seasons ended with such pitcher winning the Cy Young?

 

2. Since 2000 there have been 94 different 40+ HR seasons. In 3 different occasions, a hitter went by the whole season without receiving a single Intentional Walk. Name the hitters.