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

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 Davies / Ryan Tepera / Andrew Chafin / Craig Kimbrel, Cubs 4 – Dodgers 0
August 14: Tyler Gilbert, Diamondbacks 7 – Padres 0
September 11: Corbin Burnes / Josh 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

EASTWL%GB
Atlanta Braves8873.547
Philadelphia Phillies8280.5066.5
New York Mets7785.47511.5
Miami Marlins6795.41421.5
Washington Nationals6597.40123.5
CENTRALWL%GB
Milwaukee Brewers9567.586
St. Louis Cardinals9072.5565.0
Cincinnati Reds8379.51212.0
Chicago Cubs7191.43824.0
Pittsburgh Pirates61101.37734.0
WESTWL%GB
San Francisco Giants10755.660
Los Angeles Dodgers10656.6541.0
San Diego Padres7983.48828.0
Colorado Rockies7487.46032.5
Arizona Diamondbacks52110.32155.0

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

EASTWL%GB
Tampa Bay Rays10062.617
Boston Red Sox9270.5688.0
New York Yankees9270.5688.0
Toronto Blue Jays9171.5629.0
Baltimore Orioles52110.32148.0
CENTRALWL%GB
Chicago White Sox9369.600
Cleveland Indians8082.49413.0
Detroit Tigers7785.47516.0
Kansas City Royals7488.45719.0
Minnesota Twins7389.45120.0
WESTWL%GB
Houston Astros9567.586
Seattle Mariners9072.5565.0
Oakland Athletics8676.5319.0
Los Angeles Angels7785.47518.0
Texas Rangers60102.37035.0

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, 121 (KCR),
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