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Retroactively Awarding Division Series MVPs from 1995 to 2018


Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports

The Division Series are now all complete. But before we move on to the ALCS or NLCS, why not award an MVP for the Division Series.

I can not understand why there is no MVP awarded to the top performer of the Division Series.

It is a post season series that will be the highlight of the year for the 2 teams that lose the League Championship Series. Sure the series could be over in 3 games. But when the ALCS and NLCS was best of 5, they awarded an MVP for THOSE series.

This has been a tradition on the Sully Baseball blog to award each season’s Division Series MVP. And I also list the past MVPs dating back to the first year the Division Series became an annual event.

And this listing also includes the MVPs for the 1981 Divisional Playoffs as well. Why not?

And now there are four new Division Series MVPs, whose post season heroics will NOT go unnoticed here!

American League
Martinez homered in the first inning of Game 1, setting a tone for the series. He would finish batting .357 with a .992 OPS, driving in 6 runs in the 4 game victory of the Red Sox over the Yankees.
In the Astros three game sweep of the Indians, Bregman’s numbers stood out. He batted .556, slugged .1333 with an eye popping 2.048 OPS, homering twice and driving in 4.
National League
Moustakas batted .364 with a .916 OPS, driving in a pair including a walk off hit in the opener, and playing great defense as the Brewers made quick work of Colorado in a three game sweep.
In an age of short outings for starting pitchers, Kershaw had an old school ace performance. He threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and walking none, silencing the Braves attack and setting up the Dodgers 4 game Division Series victory.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 8, 2015

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Reuters, Matt York/AFP/Getty Images, Fox Sports, Hall of Fame

What should the Mets do with limited innings for Matt Harvey? Why not emulate some of the great aces of all time? Sometimes it isn’t who starts but who ends it!

That and honoring Joaquin Andujar on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Zach Davies, Trevor Bauer, Scott Van Slyke, Jackie Bradley Jr., Chris Sale, Wilson Ramos and Evan Longoria  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 7, 2015

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports



The Royals are running away with the AL Central. But recent history shows that is no guarantee to win a pennant.

It is a “Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jose Bautista, Gerrit Cole, Miguel Montero, Cody Anderson, Wellington Castillo, Asdrubel Cabrera, Tyler Duffey and John Lackey  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 2, 2014


You want to make a lot of money? Take my predictions for the playoffs, bet against ALL of them and make a fortune.

The Giants shutout the Pirates and at least one Bay Area team gets to move forward.

Meanwhile I talk pronunciations, Division Series and wishing that the Chronicle’s Sporting Green was printed on green paper again.

 It is a throw your predictions away episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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MLB Playoffs: 2012 Division Series Nothing Short Of Amusing – Thanks To A Twist

Sunday October 21st, 2012

Jake Dal Porto: Whether you agree with MLB’s new playoff format of having the team with home field advantage start the series on the road or not, you would be crazy not to agree that it has made the 2012 postseason a bit hectic. Hectic in a good way though.

This year’s Division Series defined chaos. All four series stretched out to Game 5’s, and in the process, teams were forced to use strategic tweaks to gut out wins. From a general perspective, there was no “boring” series. Usually, there is at least one. It’s that series that you just occasionally peek in on to check the score. Nope, not this year. Each series had its own unique taste.

The Tigers and A’s followed the expected pattern in that the home team won all but one game. Detroit jumped out by winning the first two at home, looking as if they would easily take the series and avoid using their Justin Verlander two times in one series. But they did, and he elevated himself as the pressure amounted, tossing a shutout against the A’s in Game 5. Read the rest of this entry

Wild Weekend Of Division Series Brings Plenty Of Surprises

Monday October 8th, 2012

Jake Dal Porto: Now that the division series are into full swing, it’s time to take a look at the status of each of the four series from both leagues.

Surprisingly, the road teams went 6-2, despite the weird playoff format which has the top seed playing two road games before heading home for three.

Here are the results:

American League

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics

It wasn’t a good weekend for Bay Area teams. The A’s lost a heartbreaker early Sunday morning, and the Giants ended the evening with a loss (more on that later). Read the rest of this entry

2012 MLB Playoffs: Cardinals Win Despite Controversy, While Rangers Face A Painful Offseason Ahead With Loss

Saturday October 6th, 2012

Jake Dal Porto: It was the night of the “non-favorites” on Friday with the two “do or die” Wild Card games taking center stage. The Cardinals escaped a hostile environment at Turner Field (more on that later), while the Orioles beat the Rangers to begin a very long and painful offseason for the Rangers’ management group.

Here’s how each game went down:

St.Louis Cardinals (6) AT Atlanta Braves (3)- Cardinals will play Washington Sunday in game one of the NLDS

The storyline in this game wasn’t Chipper Jones’s career coming to an end, nor was it a specific play which defined the game. The storyline was a bad call by the umpires. More specifically, the added left field umpire.

The Braves were down 6-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. They had failed to capitalize on multiple opportunities to cut into the Cardinals lead. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons veered too far into the base path with runner on first and third and one out while trying to bunt. The ball ticked off Simmons’s helmet and kicked down the right field line. Originally, two runs would’ve scored on the play had the call not been reversed, but upon further review, Simmons did indeed interfere with the throw, and both runners were brought back to their respective bases while Simmons was ruled out. In that situation, a simple ground ball would’ve done the trick with his above average speed. Read the rest of this entry

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