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  • Brian Snitker (ATL): 1-1Bud Black (COL): 3-1Craig Counsell (MIL): 3-1Bud Black and Craig Counsell will garner attention for shepherding the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers into the postseason.But NL MOY honors will likely go to the Atlanta Braves' Brian Snitker http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , in keeping with the overachieving theme.The Braves are blessed with bushels of young talent but were supposed to be a year or more away from serious contention.Instead, they won the NL East outright over the favored Washington Nationals and fellow upstart Philadelphia Phillies. In his second full season at the helm, Snitker should get his due credit.AL Rookie of the Year3 of 8Masterpress/Getty ImagesShohei Ohtani (LAA): 1-1Miguel Andujar (NYY): 2-1Gleyber Torres (NYY): 10-1Shohei Ohtani's first MLB campaign has been a thrilling roller coaster. After a rough spring, he burst into St. Louis Cardinals' duo of outfielder Harrison Bader and right-hander Jack Flaherty, who warrant mention but haven't matched the hype of Soto or Acuna.AL Cy Young Award5 of 8Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesBlake Snell (TBR): 3-2Justin Verlander (HOU): 4-1Corey Kluber (CLE): 4-1Chris Sale (BOS): 4-1Blake Snell paces the AL with a 1.89 ERA. He's struck out 221 in 180.2 innings and owns a 21-5 record, if that's worth anything these days. He's the poster boy for the shockingly good underdog Rays.The Tampa Bay southpaw has competition from the Astros' Justin Verlander (2.52 ERA, 214 IP, 290 SO), the Red Sox's Chris Sale (2.11 ERA, 158 IP Ubaldo Jimenez Jersey , 237 SO) and the Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber (2.89 ERA, 215 IP, 222 SO).That's a trio of decorated studs with impressive track records and multiple Cy Youngs between them.They could be measured against their past excellence, however, whereasSnell has that intoxicating new-ace smell.NL Cy Young Award6 of 8Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom (NYM): 1-1Max Scherzer (WAS): 3-2Aaron Nola (PHI): 9-1The Senior Circuit Cy Young chase features three NL East arms whose clubs whiffed on the postseason.There's New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who led both leagues with a 1.70 ERA while striking out 269 in 217 innings.There's three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who led baseball with 330 strikeouts and posted a 2.53 ERA for the Nationals.Lagging behind that pair but still worth mentioning: Philadelphia Phillies righty Aaron Nola (2.34 ERA, 224 SO, 212.1 IP).DeGrom has the edge for winning the ERA crown and amassing the highestWAR total, according to FanGraphs' measure (8.8 to Scherzer's 7.2). But don't be shocked if Mad Max adds another piece of hardware to his trophy case.AL MVP7 of 8Charles Krupa/Associated PressMookie Betts (BOS): 3-2J.D. Martinez (BOS): 3-1Francisco Lindor (CLE): 8-1Jose Ramirez (CLE): 8-1Mike Trout (LAA): 8-1The AL MVP race comes down to a pair of Red Sox.Mookie Betts led both leagues with a .346 average, clubbed 32 home runs and paced baseball with 10.2 WAR.His teammate J.D. Martinez outdistanced the field with 130 RBI, swatted 43 home runs and hit .330.Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (.272 AVG, 39 HR, 34 SB) belongs in the conversation. You could make a case for Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (.277 AVG, 38 HR, 25 SB). And oh, by the way, Mike Trout did Mike Trout things (.312 AVG, 39 HR, 24 SB) for the also-ran Angels.All things considered Joey Rickard Jersey , Betts' batting title and the fact that he posted 20 defensive runs saved in right field while Martinez was primarily a designated hitter should tip the scales.NL MVP8 of 8Aaron Gash/Associated PressChristian Yelich (MIL): 1-1Javier Baez (CHC): 3-1Nolan Arenado (COL): 3-1Christian Yelich's quest for the Triple Crown fell just short after Game 163.After the tiebreaker against the Cubs, the Brewers outfielderled the NL with a .326 average. He hit 36 home runs, one behind the Rockies' Nolan Arenado. And he tallied 110 RBI, one fewer than the Cubs' Javier Baez.Not coincidentally, Baez and Arenado are vying for NL MVP honors.For now, Yelich has the edge after rising from star to superstar, guiding his team to a division title and twice hitting for the cycle in 2018. All statistics current entering Monday and courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference. ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Braun’s spectacular catch in left field was just what the Milwaukee Brewers needed with another potential loss looming.With a runner on second base and the Brewers down one run to the Braves with two outs in the seventh inning, Braun ran hard to his right and dove to rob pinch-hitter Ender Inciarte of extra bases.Milwaukee followed up Braun’s play with a three-run eighth and got a 4-2 win over Atlanta on Saturday night that will help its NL playoff chances.“I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say it felt like a season saver,” Braun said. “We’re well aware of where we’re at and how things have gone. Sometimes those things can snowball a little bit.”Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and Josh Hader recorded a two-inning save to close out the Brewers’ rally.The Braves began the game leading the NL East by one percentage point over the Philadelphia Phillies and had won nine of 12. Milwaukee snapped a two-game skid and pulled within two games of the NL Central lead.The Brewers’ offense came to life in the eighth. Reliever Jesse Biddle (3-1) let the first batter, Christian Yelich, reach on an error when he dropped the ball at the bag after catching first baseman Freddie Freeman’s underhand toss. Lorenzo Cain singled, and both runners scored on Moustakas’ double.Biddle faced two more batters and gave way to Dan Winkler, who walked his first batter and gave up Erik Kratz’s run-scoring infield single.It was the first time the Atlanta bullpen had blown a save opportunity since June 27 against Cincinnati. Before the eighth, Biddle had a 1.87 ERA in 29 appearances since May 19.“It was one of those days where, shoot, he came out, he threw strikes, and they hit it,” Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki said. “You’ve got to tip your hat sometimes. Biddle’s been great.”Moustakas, in his 14th game since coming to Milwaukee in a trade with Kansas City http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , is hitting .285 with eight RBIs in 49 at-bats. But he said Braun’s big grab was the difference.“That catch definitely turned the game for us,” Moustakas said. “It got us going. It got us a little momentum. Seeing him going out and laying out like that and saving the game for the most part, that’s huge. We were able to rally the next inning and let our bullpen do the job.”Hader hadn’t pitched in three days and was plenty rested to make his 16th two-inning appearance and earn his sixth save in such situations this year. He retired all six batter he faced, striking out three to pick up his ninth save in 12 chances overall.Corbin Burnes (3-0) earned the win after facing four batters in the seventh.The Brewers went ahead in the first on Braun’s RBI single to shallow center. Ronald Acuna Jr. tied it by leading off the bottom of the first with his 14th homer, and the Braves made it 2-1 in the fourth when Freeman reached on a double and slid his left leg safely onto the plate to beat a tag attempt on Nick Markakis’ single.Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed one run, two hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six, improving from a rough three-start stretch in which he gave up 15 runs — 13 earned — over 15 innings.Brewers starter Wade Miley gave up six hits, two runs and one walk with no strikeouts in six innings.STILL HOTBraun went 2 for 3 and is batting .375 with eight RBIs over his last 14 games. … Freeman went 1 for 3 and is batting .360 during a 13-game hitting streak.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves manager Brian Snitker confirmed that RHP Anibal Sanchez will start Tuesday at home against Miami despite getting hit by a liner in his last start and leaving a no-decision at Washington after facing seven batters.LONG SKIDSAtlanta SS Dansby Swanson singled in the seventh, but he’s 3 for 26 this month and his average has dropped 36 points since June 5 to .238. … Milwaukee INF Jonathan Schoop grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and is 5 for 35 since arriving in a trade from Baltimore.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (7-7, 3.81) will pitch for the first time in Atlanta as he makes his fourth career start against the Braves. Anderson received no-decision in his last start, Tuesday against San Diego, allowing four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.15 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of his last home start, a 4-1 win over the Dodgers two weeks ago. He is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in his last three starts but lost the last time he faced the Brewers, giving up five runs, five hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings July 8 at Milwaukee.