Comeback Player of the Year Predictions
Winner: Giancarlo Stanton, OF – New York Yankees
2nd place: Corey Kluber, P – Texas Rangers; 3rd place: Lance McCullers Jr., P – Houston Astros
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Corey Kluber and Lance McCullers Jr. will both put up valiant attempts to snatch the award away from Stanton, but the wave is just too strong for the 2017 National League MVP. McCullers can’t make up enough ground as the Astros will likely limit his innings in his first season since his Tommy John surgery. While Kluber has some highs and lows adjusting to a new Rangers ballpark at Globe Life Field that is potentially more hitter-friendly than the previous iteration.
Giancarlo Stanton has too many things going for him to lose this award if he stays healthy. He was limited to 72 plate appearances in 18 games last season with a myriad of injuries, but if he can return to the form that saw him hit 38 home runs and drive in 100 runs in 2018, he’s a shoo-in. It doesn’t hurt that he plays for a New York team in a park that most Little League ballplayers think is on the small side.
The Yankees will win their division, and the artist, formerly known as Mike Stanton, will lead the team with 40-plus home runs and a combined 230 runs and RBI. That propels the Bronx Bombers to a second-consecutive AL East crown and the No. 1 seed in the AL playoffs. Stanton finally makes his presence felt in the big apple, and the Yankee fans manage to contain themselves and only boo him once or twice in 2020.