Colorado Rockies foes: 2020 American League awards predictions

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 13: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits at third base during a pitching change in the seventh inning with Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 13: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits at third base during a pitching change in the seventh inning with Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 05: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees hits a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Judge #99 in the third inning of game two of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 05: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees hits a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Judge #99 in the third inning of game two of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

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.

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