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All Major League Baseball teams have played at least 54 games in this championship, and this is exactly the third part of the regular season. The places in the table take a familiar and understandable look, and the individual statistics of the players becomes the starting point for a rough estimate of their performance in the season. A third is, of course, not even half, and there are still a lot of surprises (remember the second half of last year from Christian Yelich), but still this is a rather significant part of the championship. Let's try to highlight several key points of the past part of the regular season Major League Baseball 2019. The main players, teams and trends are further outlined.

Cody Bellinger and WAR

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We all live in the world of Cody Bellinger. The 23-year-old Dodgers batter has one of the best bat seasons in history. Baseball has a huge variety of statistics - statistics for every taste.

They say that even more than a hundred years ago, an indicator similar to the current WAR was introduced into baseball analytics. However, then he did not have a serious influence on the game and accurate mathematical data. But only now WAR is becoming a trend statistic for evaluating the effectiveness of players. WAR (Wins Above Replacement) causes a lot of lively discussion in a baseball environment. There are so-called WAR adherents who believe that this is a giant step forward in baseball analysis. There are people who do not believe WAR - they believe that it depersonalizes baseball and is extremely illegible in analyzing the game of baseball players, without noticing small details. In a broad sense, WAR is trying to get information about the value of a baseball player compared to the so-called “replacement player” - conditionally isolates the number of wins,

So, if we measured the statistics of the great season of Babe Ruth in 1923, we would have got a WAR rating of 14.1 - the best result for the season for a batter. For the pitcher, the best indicator would be the Walter Johnson season in 1913 (15.1). Cody Bellinger is up 15.5 this season, with 38.2% on bat, 20 home runs and 51 RBI. He is the second player in history to manage to knock out 19 home runs and make seven outfield assistants in his first 52 games of the season. The first to succeed was ... Babe Ruth in 1932. Unique! So far, just unique!

Is Mike Trout dominating again?

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It seems that Mike Trout is not among the statistical leaders of this season. But it is represented in almost all statistical indicators. Trout continues to do everything on the field! Since 2012, when Trout appeared in the league, there has not been a player in baseball who is able to issue such statistics even in the “off state”. And the off state here is not so much the level of the game of the baseball player as the level of interest in baseball in the conditions of the game of his team. The “Angels” are wasting the talent of one of the main stars of baseball, while Trout himself is able to give out even at his minimum 36 home runs and 90 RBI per season. His statistics can be even higher if the opponent's pitchers did not let him go to first base in a quarter of et-bets. In “Angels” there are almost no players who can punish opponents for such tactics. And he is absolutely elitist in the defense of the team. In general, Trout is still one of the best (if not the best) League players, despite playing in the Anaheim black hole, which, however, gives out 28-30 this season. But what would be the result without Trout? Do not even think about the answer - this is a rhetorical question.


Two superstars of the pitcher’s shop continue to be out of season. Dallas Kikel and Craig Kimbrel have never once worn a game uniform this season, and haven’t gone up the hill in official matches. Since Astros and Red Sox made both qualified offers of $ 17.9 million per season and both pitchers refused, the other league teams have the opportunity to sign players without draft compensation. This is best done right after the start of the first round of draft (night from Monday to Tuesday) - that is when the time for compensation expires. In general, it seems that soon two stars will find their new places in the horizon of Major League Baseball. The teams that sign them will immediately strengthen their chances of a successful performance in this and next seasons.

It is said that the following clubs are claiming the left-handed starter and one of the league’s best closers: Tampa, Yankees, Braves, Mets, Atlanta, Cardinals and Phyllis - each team hopes to sign someone then one of this couple, and some "especially rich" claim both at once.

The Incredible “Minnesota”


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“Twins” this season are just incredibly good. At the moment, “Minnesota” has the best record in Major League Baseball. Yes, there is no mistake - at the moment, “Minnesota” is the best team in the League. At the beginning of the season, many said that the “twins” could be the opening of the season. But so that they were so sensationally phenomenal - no one could have expected this. While the “Cleveland” is trying to find itself, the White Sox can’t develop their talents at all, and Detroit and Kansas are flying to the very bottom of the abyss - “Twins” confidently seized leadership in the American League Center. Shortstop Jorge Polanco holds the season profit center level. Veterans Marvin Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz brought experience and wisdom to the team. All in all, each Twins attacker spends a career season. At the moment, “Twins” have the best team OPS in all majors. Now the main question is what is Minnesota's margin of safety? But whatever the answer - “Twins” go 20 wins above the 50 percent mark and are obliged to win the weakest division of the League.

Brilliant pitching “Rays”

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Starting pitch pitchers “Rays” have an average transmittance of 2.38 (!!!). This is the best result of Major League Baseball by a wide margin. Their bullpen is the third most reliable in the league. They still often use the strategy with a pitcher, who works out the first inning to minimize the danger of the best batter of the opponent. But the usual starters of the team are incredibly good - two of them are clear applicants for Sai Young and future All-Star. This allows the “Rays” to have the best defense of Major League Baseball and a huge chance of a playoff.

“Yankees” win, despite the epidemic of injuries

“New York Yankees” from the very beginning of the season suffer from this curse injuries. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Dylan Betances, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks - all these are the most important baseball players of Yankees, Major League Baseball stars. It would seem that a team that has such problems with the infirmary simply should not - cannot be one of the leaders in its division - fight on equal terms with the best teams in the league. But the “Yankees" somehow find options for victories. Here, of course, it is worth noting the depth of the composition of New Yorkers, which consists of the phenomenal capabilities of the club. “Yankees” is a moneybasket who is not particularly worried about spending. The time has come for serious victories and the “Yankees” have assembled a composition of stars, experienced veterans and young prospectuses. They are able to rattle, get injured: and still win. In this “Yankees” unexpectedly helps  Gio Urshela, the top avenue Clint Frazier, and underestimated Luke Voit and DJ Lamahieu. The depth of the Yankees squad is their most powerful force, which allows them to stay afloat and calmly wait for the return of superstars.

“Washington ” was terrible

They say that in recent years, Bryce Harper was not a serious factor in the performances of the Nationals. Then, how to explain that immediately after his departure, “Washington” began to fall apart, like a house of cards? Although the “capital” seemed to have prepared for the departure of the main star - they strengthened the rotation, but at the beginning of the season it absolutely did not work. It seems that with Harper some self-confidence left. They will tell me that the Nationals didn’t get into the playoffs anyway - with Harper. Well, at least they were not at the bottom, listening to the tapping from below. And from the bottom they hardly knocked. The Washingtonians have fallen nowhere below. At some point,

the team found in 9 matches below 50 percent wins and losses. And all this despite the fact that in the rotation of the team there are three pitchers at once, which could be aces in most Major League Baseball teams, and besides, that Anthony Randon spends, perhaps, not the best season of his career. This four and the building of the Bullpen team (Washington, Kimbrell is still a free agent!) Are the factors that could bring the Nationals back to the fight in NL East. In the last week, the Nationals got together and gradually began to leave the starting peak. For example, in a match yesterday, the real fireworks were given out by Max Scherzer, who scored 15 strikeouts and refused to leave the slide even after 117 innings (he can!). And still, the leaders of the division - “Philadelphia” and “Atlanta” are far away. So what are we waiting for the Washington comeback? This will become clear in the next couple of weeks - the whole season of the capital's baseball players can largely depend on them. ) are the factors that can bring the Nationals back to the fight in NL East. In the last week, the Nationals got together and gradually began to leave the starting peak. For example, in a match yesterday, the real fireworks were given out by Max Scherzer, who scored 15 strikeouts and refused to leave the slide even after 117 innings (he can!). And still, the leaders of the division - “Philadelphia” and “Atlanta” are far away. So what are we waiting for the Washington comeback? This will become clear in the next couple of weeks - the whole season of the capital's baseball players can largely depend on them. ) are the factors that can bring the Nationals back to the fight in NL East. In the last week, the Nationals got together and gradually began to leave the starting peak. For example, in a match yesterday, the real fireworks were given out by Max Scherzer, who scored 15 strikeouts and refused to leave the slide even after 117 innings (he can!). And still the leaders of the division - “Philadelphia” and “Atlanta” are far away. So what are we waiting for the Washington comeback? This will become clear in the next couple of weeks - the whole season of the capital's baseball players can largely depend on them. and refused to leave the slide even after 117 innings (he can!). And still the leaders of the division - “Philadelphia” and “Atlanta” are far away. So what are we waiting for the Washington comeback? This will become clear in the next couple of weeks - the whole season of the capital's baseball players can largely depend on them. and refused to leave the slide even after 117 innings (he can!). And still, the leaders of the division - “Philadelphia” and “Atlanta” are far away. So what are we waiting for the Washington comeback? This will become clear in the next couple of weeks - the whole season of the capital's baseball players can largely depend on them.

We can continue to tell, there is still plenty for us. Here is the draft that starts today, and where Edley Ratschman is considered the main favorite. And the story of the Phillies this year, who had just managed to gain a foothold by Jay Bruce, and became even stronger. And new fashion trends - for example, Odor played a match in shorts or their likeness. And the reincarnation of “Boston.” Finally, a vote on the All Star Game, which has changed format and is in full swing.

We will certainly tell about all this in our next materials, and, of course, in our broadcasts. In the meantime, continue to enjoy baseball during the hottest time of the regular season. The most interesting is just beginning!
Jimmy
American Football Writer

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