Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for various awards given by the Baseball Writers Association of America. They are:
American League Rookie of the Year
National League Rookie of the Year
American League Manager of the Year
- Kevin Cash (Rays)
- Alex Cora (Red Sox)
- Bob Melvin (Athletics)
National League Manager of the Year
- Bud Black (Rockies)
- Craig Counsell (Brewers)
- Brian Snitker (Braves)
American League Cy Young
National League Cy Young
American League Most Valuable Player
National League Most Valuable Player
The schedule for awards announcements:
- Monday, Nov. 12: Rookies of the Year
- Tuesday, Nov. 13: Managers of the Year
- Wednesday, Nov. 14: Cy Youngs
- Thursday, Nov. 15: MVPs
Remember that voting for these awards was completed before the start of the playoffs. So, for example, the Red Sox winning the World Series won’t impact Alex Cora’s chances of winning the AL Manager of the Year Award.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.