2021 Season (Covid Season II)

World Series Champion

Atlanta Braves

Braves over Astros (4-2)
World Series MVP: Jorge Soler

10/26: Braves 6 – Astros 2
10./27: Braves 2- Astros 7
10/29: Astros 0 – Braves 2
10/30: Astros 2 – Braves 3
10/31: Astros 9 – Braves 5
11/02: Braves 7 – Astros 0

While most pundits expected the Houston Astros to take this series given their extensive playoff experience, the Braves were in fact the hottest team going into the playoffs. With a commanding Game Six pitching performance by Max Fried the Braves won the series four games to two.

No-Hitters

April 9: Joe Musgrove, Padres 3- Rangers 0
April 14: Carlos Rodón, White Sox 4 – Pirates 0
May 5: John Means, Orioles 6 – Mariners 0
May 7: Wade Miley, Red 3 – Indians 0
May 18: Spencer Turnbull, Tigers 3 – Mariners 0
May 19: Corey Kluber, Yankees 2 – Rangers 0
June 24: Zach DaviesRyan TeperaAndrew ChafinCraig Kimbrel, Cubs 4 – Dodgers 0
August 14: Tyler Gilbert, Diamondbacks 7 – Padres 0
September 11: Corbin BurnesJosh Hader, Brewers 3 – Indians

Another COVID19 Season

With the world still in the throes of a global health pandemic, it was very surreal to see quite full stadiums throughout major league baseball. While the rules around the league were different for the teams and fans, every city’s fanbase — minute Toronto because of border restrictions — got to see a full season of their team.

The season started with a slew of no-hitters which baffled everyone, kinda. With rumours of doctored balls and pitchers being given a wide berth with “sticky stuff”, MLB was off to a terrible start hitting-wise. At some point, the league decided to start enforcing baseball tampering rules, but in quite an aggressive manner that got some pitchers pretty riled up.

Some of my personal highlights of the season were:

  • The San Francisco Giants’ unexpected 107-win season
  • Watching the Cubs, Nationals and Rangers go into full rebuild mode
  • The blockbuster trade of Trea Turner and Max Scherzer to the Dodgers
  • Getting the opportunity to see 6 Blue Jays games once they were able to cross the border and play in Toronto
  • The Field of Dream game was “corn-y” as hell, but a lot of fun

While Bryce Harper seems to have finally lived up to expectations in Philadelphia by having an outstanding season and winning the National League MVP, Juan Soto is continuing to impress with a command of the strike zone with 145 walks and a .465 OBP in 2021. Let’s also remember that Soto is only 22 years old and will continue to get better over the next few years, just like another 22 year old — named Vladdy — who finally had the break-out season everyone was waiting for.

The biggest story of the season was Shohei Otani doing something that was last done by, Babe Ruth. Otani was baseball’s first full-time everyday DH and also has a regular slot in the starting pitching rotation. While it could be argued that there were pitchers and hitters that had better seasons than him, no one could claim to have hit 46 home runs and also struck out 156 batters with a 3.18 earned run average. Shohei ran away with the AL MVP and is now the face of Major League Baseball worldwide.

 

 

National League

EAST W L % GB
Atlanta Braves 88 73 .547
Philadelphia Phillies 82 80 .506 6.5
New York Mets 77 85 .475 11.5
Miami Marlins 67 95 .414 21.5
Wash. Nationals 65 97 .401 23.5
CENTRAL W L % GB
Milwaukee Brewers 95 67 .586
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 .556 5.0
Cincinnati Reds 83 79 .512 12.0
Chicago Cubs 71 91 .438 24.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 61 101 .377 34.0
WEST W L % GB
San Francisco Giants 107 55 .660
Los Angeles Dodgers 106 56 .654 1.0
San Diego Padres 79 83 .488 28.0
Colorado Rockies 74 87 .460 32.5
Arz. Diamondbacks 52 110 .321 55.0

NATIONAL LEAGUE AWARDS

WAR: Zack Wheeler (PHI), 7.7
MVP: Bryce Harper (PHI)
Cy Young: Corbin Burnes (MIL)
Rookie of the Year: Jonathan India (CIN)
Batting Title: Trea Turner (WSN/LAD), .328
Home Runs: Fernando Tatis (SDP), 42
RBIs: Adam Duvall (MIA/ATL), 113
Wins: Julio Urías (LAD), 20
ERA: Corbin Burnes (MIL), 2.43
Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler (PHI), 247

National League Playoffs

NLCS, Braves win 4-2

10/16: Dodgers 2 – Braves 3
10/17: Dodgers 4 – Braves 5
10/19: Braves 5 – Dodgers 6
10/20: Braves 9 – Dodgers 2
10/21: Braves 2 – Dodgers 11
10/23: Dodgers 2 – Braves 4

NLDS, Braves win 3-1

10/08: Braves 1 – Brewers 2
10/09: Braves 3 – Brewers 0
10/11: Brewers 0 – Braves 3
10/12: Brewers 4 – Braves 5

NLDS, Dodgers win 3-2

10/08: Dodgers 0 – Giants 4
10/09: Dodgers 9 – Giants 2
10/11: Giants 1– Dodgers 0
10/12: Giants 2 – Dodgers 7
10/14: Dodgers 2 – Giants 1

NL Wild Card Game

10/06: Cardinals 1 – Dodgers 3

American League

EAST W L % GB
Tampa Bay Rays 100 62 .617
Boston Red Sox 92 70 .568 8.0
New York Yankees 92 70 .568 8.0
Toronto Blue Jays 91 71 .562 9.0
Baltimore Orioles 52 110 .321 48.0
CENTRAL W L % GB
Chicago White Sox 93 69 .600
Cleveland Indians 80 82 .583 13.0
Detroit Tigers 77 85 .475 16.0
Kansas City Royals 74 88 .457 90.0
Minnesota Twins 73 89 .451 20.0
WEST W L % GB
Houston Astros 95 67 .586
Seattle Mariners 90 72 .556 5.0
Oakland Athletics 86 76 .531 9.0
Los Angeles Angels 77 85 .475 18.0
Texas Rangers 60 102 .370 35.0

American League Awards

WAR: Shohei Ohtani (LAA), 9.1
MVP: Shohei Ohtani (LAA)
Cy Young: Robbie Ray (TOR)
Rookie of the Year: Randy Arozarena (TBR)
Batting Title: Yuli Gurriel (HOU), .319
Home Runs: Salvador Perez (KCR) / Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR), 48
RBIs: Salvador Perez (KCR), 121
Wins: Gerrit Cole (NYY), 16
ERA: Robbie Ray (TOR), 2.84
Strikeouts: Robbie Ray (TOR), 248

American League Playoffs

ALCS, Astros win 4-2

10/15: Red Sox 4 – Astros 5
10//16: Red Sox 9 – Astros 5
10/18: Astros 3 – Red Sox 12
10/19: Astros 9 – Red Sox 2
10/20: Astros 9 – Red Sox 1
10/22: Red Sox 0 – Astros 5

ALDS, Red Sox win 3-1

10/07: Red Sox 0 – Rays 5
10/08: Red Sox 14 – Rays 6
10/10: Rays 4 – Red Sox 6
10/11: Rays 5 – Red Sox 6

ALDS, Astros win 3-1

10/07: White Sox 1 – Astros 6
10/08: White Sox 4 – Astros 9
10/10: Astros 6 – White Sox 12
10/12: Astros 10 – White Sox 1

AL Wild Card Game

10/05: Yankees 2 – Red Sox 6