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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?
Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.
Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).
Who's No. 1?
Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?
Francona, Hurdle are top managers
Clint Hurdle won the National League Manager of the Year award Tuesday, and it should be no surprise; his Pittsburgh Pirates shocked baseball by shaking off a 20-year futility streak to win 94 games. The American League recipient -- the Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona -- was a bit surprising, as second-place finisher John Farrell was also a popular candidate. In the end, though, it a 24-victory improvement that helped Francona edge out the Boston Red Sox skipper. Did voters get these awards right?
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Will the Pirates bounce back?
Ouch. For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, dropping a 2-1 series lead to the St. Louis Cardinals has to hurt, no matter how long they've waited just to taste the postseason again. On the other hand, the Buccos did snap that decades-long run of futility with ease, winning 94 games, beating the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card game, and coming thisclose to taking down a division rival. What to make of it all? Is this just the beginning?
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Pirates, Cardinals knotted at 2
What started as a dream turned into an almost nightmare for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who went from possible National League Division Series winners to near no-hit victims thanks to the exploits of Michael Wacha on Monday. In the end Wacha again couldn't close the hitless deal -- it lasted 7 1/3 innings -- but his St. Louis Cardinals still won 2-1, tying the series at two with a trip to the Heartland coming Wednesday. Can the Pirates bounce back? What about that other NLDS?