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Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm in 2013 -- and wasn't even voted best rookie in his league. That honor went Monday to Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins ace who went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts, and received 26 of 30 first-place votes. The American League, strangely, saw its top votes more divided, with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers (.293/.354/.478, 13 HR in 88 games) taking 23 of 30 first-place votes to beat out fellow finalists Jose Iglesias and Chris Archer. What do you make of the picks? What does the future hold for these honorees and finalists?
Best in NL?
Puig posted a .319/.391/.534 line, but his performance tailed off late in the season.
Best in AL?
Myers went up against a defensive shortstop (Iglesias) and a starting pitcher (Archer).
Myers and Puig are 22, while Fernandez is just 21. But pitchers aren't always durable ...
David Price's future in Tampa?
David Price has been the Rays' franchise starter for years, but given the team's habit of trading star players before they become unaffordable, he thinks he'll be wearing a different uniform in 2014. Price may make $13 million next season, and despite his Cy Young Award in 2012, the frugal Rays may think it prudent to start up another youth movement. Despite a rough start in the American League Division Series, Price is still one of the best pitchers in the league, but would it be worth keeping him in Tampa?
Rays vs. Red Sox -- which wins?
The Boston Red Sox didn't exactly cruise to the American League East title; there was a midseason spell during which the Tampa Bay Rays led the division. But relative to their Florida foes, the BoSox had things pretty easy down the stretch, finishing six games better over the first 162. Does this mean New England's team will ease past the (possibly tired) Rays in the American League Division Series?
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How will MLB playoffs play out?
The division series are set, with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays earning best-of-five shots at the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, respectively. Meanwhile, we'll see two meetings between division winners -- Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers. How will it all play out?
AL wild-card race down to the wire
Two wins separate the three teams in the American League wild-card race, and nothing is out of the question -- including a three-way tie for two playoff spots. The Rays seem to have the advantage, with a one-game lead over the Indians and a six-game win streak. But the Indians also have won six straight and finish with four games at the woeful Twins. As for the Rangers? They're one game behind the Indians but temporarily halted their monthlong plunge -- three games against the Astros will do that -- and stayed alive. Will they win out at home and keep the pressure on Tampa Bay and Cleveland?