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Shohei Ohtani won’t get a chance to experience the playoffs in his first major league season Chris Rusin Jersey , but he’s putting himself into solid contention for a big-time postseason award.Ohtani, who began the season as a pitcher and designated hitter before elbow problems limited him to offensive duties for most of the past two months, has been stacking up exceptional numbers at the plate over the past six weeks and making a case for American League rookie of the year honors.He’ll try to maintain his hot hand Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium.Article continues below ...Ohtani earned his second AL player of the week honor on Monday after going 9-for-19 with four home runs, a double, a triple and 10 RBIs in five games last week.“I feel like I’m progressing as a hitter right now, so I’m trying to gain as many experiences as I can while the games count,” Ohtani told the Orange County Register on Friday.He extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single and double in the series opener on Monday night, scoring a run and driving in another in the 5-2 loss to the Rangers, which snapped a four-game winning streak for the Angels (71-73).Ohtani is hitting .373 in his past 29 games with 10 home runs, five doubles, 29 RBIs and 23 runs scored, raising his average from .267 to .294 in that span.Overall, the Japanese star has 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 86 games.The Rangers (62-82) meanwhile have been receiving solid play from rookie first baseman Ronald Guzman.He came into Monday’s game with one hit in his past 12 at-bats http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-wade-davis-jersey , then hit a two-run homer in the second inning that gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead. It was Guzman’s 15th home run of the season.Last month, Guzman became the first Texas rookie to hit three home runs in a game, and he’s also hit a grand slam this summer.The Rangers are 10-3 when Guzman homers.Rangers left-fielder Joey Gallo delivered a two-run double in the second inning on Monday and a run-scoring single in the eighth to raise his RBI total to a career-high 85. Already, he’s the first Texas player with at least 35 home runs in back-to-back seasons since Mark Teixeira in 2004-05.Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced after Monday’s game that veteran relief pitcher Jim Johnson would make the start Tuesday, his first since his major league debut on July 26, 2006. Johnson (5-3, 3.81 ERA) has since made 666 relief appearances.Rangers veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon was recently moved to the bullpen, opening the door for Adrian Sampson to move into the starting spot on Tuesday.Sampson (0-0, 54.00) made his Rangers debut on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) and four hits while retiring just one batter out of the bullpen in an 8-4 loss to the Oakland A’s.“We’re at a point right now where we have some players we’d like to take a look at that we haven’t seen at this level,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.Sampson, 26, made his only other major league start for the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 7 Jon Gray Jersey , 2016, nearly getting through the fourth inning unscathed against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park before surrendering a two-out solo home run.The 2012 fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates ultimately left after allowing four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of the 6-2 loss. Brian Snitker (ATL): 1-1Bud Black (COL): 3-1Craig Counsell (MIL): 3-1Bud Black and Craig Counsell will garner attention for shepherding the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers into the postseason.But NL MOY honors will likely go to the Atlanta Braves' Brian Snitker, in keeping with the overachieving theme.The Braves are blessed with bushels of young talent but were supposed to be a year or more away from serious contention.Instead, they won the NL East outright over the favored Washington Nationals and fellow upstart Philadelphia Phillies. In his second full season at the helm, Snitker should get his due credit.AL Rookie of the Year3 of 8Masterpress/Getty ImagesShohei Ohtani (LAA): 1-1Miguel Andujar (NYY): 2-1Gleyber Torres (NYY): 10-1Shohei Ohtani's first MLB campaign has been a thrilling roller coaster. After a rough spring, he burst into the regular season as a fully formed two-way star.A balky elbow that will require Tommy John surgery derailed his pitching career, but he stuck around as a hitter and finished with 22 home runs and a .925 OPS to go along with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.Durability concerns aside, Ohtani is too unique of a talent to not be the front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year honors.His chief competition comes from a pair of Yankees infielders: Miguel Andujar (.297 AVG, .855 OPS, 27 HR) and Gleyber Torres (.271 AVG, .820 OPS, 24 HR). They'll grab most of the non-Ohtani vote鈥攅specially Andujar鈥攂ut the generational Japanese sensation should snag this prize.NL Rookie of the Year4 of 8Lynne Sladky/Associated PressRonald Acuna Jr. (ATL): 1-1Juan Soto (WAS): 3-1Harrison Bader (STL): 12-1Jack Flaherty (STL): 12-1As mentioned, the Braves have blossomed ahead of schedule and won the NL East behind a burgeoning young core.That core is exemplified by outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. The 20-year-old owns a .293/.366/.552 slash line with 26 home runs and 16 stolen bases Adam Ottavino Jersey , and he could garner stray MVP votes.He has competition from 19-year-old Nationals rookie Juan Soto (.292/.406/.517, 22 HR). But the fact that Acuna's Braves are charging into October while Soto's Nats stay home should tip the scales.Oh, and a cap tip to the St. Louis Cardinals' duo of outfielder Harrison Bader and right-hander Jack Flaherty, who warrant mention but haven't matched the hype of Soto or Acuna.AL Cy Young Award5 of 8Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesBlake Snell (TBR): 3-2Justin Verlander (HOU): 4-1Corey Kluber (CLE): 4-1Chris Sale (BOS): 4-1Blake Snell paces the AL with a 1.89 ERA. He's struck out 221 in 180.2 innings and owns a 21-5 record, if that's worth anything these days. He's the poster boy for the shockingly good underdog Rays.The Tampa Bay southpaw has competition from the Astros' Justin Verlander (2.52 ERA, 214 IP, 290 SO), the Red Sox's Chris Sale (2.11 ERA, 158 IP, 237 SO) and the Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber (2.89 ERA, 215 IP, 222 SO).That's a trio of decorated studs with impressive track records and multiple Cy Youngs between them.They could be measured against their past excellence, however http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-valaika-jersey , whereasSnell has that intoxicating new-ace smell.NL Cy Young Award6 of 8Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom (NYM): 1-1Max Scherzer (WAS): 3-2Aaron Nola (PHI): 9-1The Senior Circuit Cy Young chase features three NL East arms whose clubs whiffed on the postseason.There's New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who led both leagues with a 1.70 ERA while striking out 269 in 217 innings.There's three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who led baseball with 330 strikeouts and posted a 2.53 ERA for the Nationals.Lagging behind that pair but still worth mentioning: Philadelphia Phillies righty Aaron Nola (2.34 ERA, 224 SO, 212.1 IP).DeGrom has the edge for winning the ERA crown and amassing the highestWAR total, according to FanGraphs' measure (8.8 to Scherzer's 7.2). But don't be shocked if Mad Max adds another piece of hardware to his trophy case.AL MVP7 of 8Charles Krupa/Associated PressMookie Betts (BOS): 3-2J.D. Martinez (BOS): 3-1Francisco Lindor (CLE): 8-1Jose Ramirez (CLE): 8-1Mike Trout (LAA): 8-1The AL MVP race comes down to a pair of Red Sox.Mookie Betts led both leagues with a .346 average, clubbed 32 home runs and paced baseball with 10.2 WAR.His teammate J.D. Martinez outdistanced the field with 130 RBI, swatted 43 home runs and hit .330.Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (.272 AVG, 39 HR, 34 SB) belongs in the conversation. You could make a case for Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (.277 AVG, 38 HR, 25 SB). And oh, by the way Daniel Castro Jersey , Mike Trout did Mike Trout things (.312 AVG, 39 HR, 24 SB) for the also-ran Angels.All things considered, Betts' batting title and the fact that he posted 20 defensive runs saved in right field while Martinez was primarily a designated hitter should tip the scales.NL MVP8 of 8Aaron Gash/Associated PressChristian Yelich (MIL): 1-1Javier Baez (CHC): 3-1Nolan Arenado (COL): 3-1Christian Yelich's quest for the Triple Crown fell just short after Game 163.After the tiebreaker against the Cubs, the Brewers outfielderled the NL with a .326 average. He hit 36 home runs, one behind the Rockies' Nolan Arenado. And he tallied 110 RBI, one fewer than the Cubs' Javier Baez.Not coincidentally, Baez and Arenado are vying for NL MVP honors.For now, Yelich has the edge after rising from star to superstar, guiding his team to a division title and twice hitting for the cycle in 2018. All statistics current entering Monday and courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference.

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