Reviewing the MLB regular season

Zack Hernandez, Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of Hamilton Parker.
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton obliterates one of his 59 home runs on the season.

With only a few weeks left of the regular season, the MLB playoff picture is becoming clearer as each day passes. However, before fans’ attention shifts to postseason baseball, it is important to digest the incredible regular season they have witnessed.

This year, the abundance of young talent that has taken the MLB by storm is remarkable. Every team seems to have at least one young stud who is excelling, but 25-year-old New York Yankee Aaron Judge has stood out, proving to be larger than life this season.

The 6-foot-7-inch, 282- pound right fielder has smashed an AL leading 51 home runs thus far, making his chances of winning AL Rookie of the Year very strong.

“It’s not fair,” said Judge’s teammate David Robertson. “It’s like he is playing on a Little League field.”

Los Angeles Dodgers phenome Cody Bellinger essentially has the NL Rookie of the Year award in the bag already. The smooth swinging lefty has lead the charge for the league leading Dodgers, belting 39 bombs and 96 RBI’s since he was called up from the minors three weeks after the season began.

The AL Cy Young is still debatable, with likely front-runners being Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber and the Boston Red Sox Chris Sale. Kluber has been dominant down the stretch and possesses an AL leading 2.27 ERA, while the lefty Sale has firm command on the league lead in strikeouts, totaling 300.

With Clayton Kershaw missing time due to a back injury in July, Max Scherzer set himself apart as the favorite to take home the NL Cy Young award. Scherzer has simply made batters look lost at the plate this season, accumulating an NL leading 263 strikeouts and 0.91 WHIP.

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the clear-cut NL MVP favorite, as he has separated himself into a league of his own this season. Stanton has demolished an MLB’s best 59 home runs and 129 RBI’s, including a stretch when he went deep in six straight games.

“His power is second to none in the game,” said Stanton’s former teammate Dan Uggla. “It baffles me how he hits balls like he does.”

Finally, second baseman Jose Altuve appears to be the favorite to take home AL MVP. The undersized Astros 5-foot- 6-inch beast is slashing for a league leading .346 and has also stolen 32 bases.

After the Cleveland Indians went on an impeccable 22- game winning streak this past month, they appear to be the team to beat in the AL. Cleveland, as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, ran away with their divisions this season. They each possess the best odds to win it all.

Meanwhile, the reigning World Series champion, the Chicago Cubs, recently clinched their division after beating the Cardinals. The Cubs haven’t had as dominant of a season as fans would’ve hoped, but now that they’re officially in the playoffs, anything can happen.

Additionally, if the Boson Red Sox can maintain their three game lead over the New York Yankees, they could make some noise in October.

Baseball fans everywhere should buckle up and prepare for the highs, lows and exhilaration of playoff baseball fever.