Do the Mets and Yankees have something to look forward to next season? NL MVP race is in a heated debate:
Written by cupor1 on September 13, 2023
Published by: Zachary Papenberg
With the Mets and Yankees essentially out of contention, both teams this weekend brought up some of their young talent to see precisely what they have in store for next season. The New York Mets brought back up their young third baseman Brett Baty and their long-awaited prospect Ronnie Marucio ahead of Friday’s game against Seattle. Baty has been struggling most of this season in the majors, posting a .217 batting average with seven home runs and 27 RBIs on the year. This weekend, he went 2/8 as he still tries to settle into what it means to be at the big league level. However, on the bright side, Maurcio was everything Mets fans expected. He displayed his ability to get on base and showed off his speed, stealing two bases over the weekend. The switch-hitting slugger went 5/11, posting a .455 batting average fairing pretty well against Seattle’s best pitchers. Marucio also hit a ball the hardest of any Met all year, crushing a 117.3 mph double for his first career hit in the majors.
Moving on to the long-awaited arrivals of Yankees prospects Jasson “The Martian” Dominguez and Austin Wells. On Friday, these two young superstars were also brought up ahead of the Bombers series against the Houston Astros in enemy territory. Wells had a few RBIs to go along with a 2/10 start to his big-league career. The rookie still has some adjusting to do, but that will obviously come with the more playing time he gets. On the other hand, Dominguez was a spark plug to the Yankees wins over the weekend. He went 3/13 with a pair of homers against the Astros’ most notable pitchers. In his first at-bat, “The Martian” hit a two-run homer against Justin Verlander to give the Yankees a three-run lead in the first inning of Friday’s nightcap. His second home run came against Cristian Javier in the top of the sixth inning of Sunday night #39;s game to put the Yankees up 3-1. Both of these teams have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming years, as all of these young prospects have loads of talent and much room to grow.
Lastly, in the National League, an MVP race will go down in the history books. Both Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuna Jr. are having seasons to remember. Acuna Jr. is the first person in MLB history with 30 plus home runs and 60 plus stolen bases to go along with that. He is also batting .335 on the year and has been a critical asset for the Atlanta Braves all year long.
Mookie Betts is also having an absurd year, with almost 40 home runs and nearly 100 RBIs. He, too, is also batting over .300 and has been leading the Dodgers toward a promising postseason run. This has been a hot topic for conversation in baseball as many people cannot expressly point out a clear-cut winner for the award. Only time will tell, as there are just a little over 20 games to go in the 2023 campaign.