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After a hard fought season, the AL East re-claimed its position as the league’s toughest division, with the New York Yankees taking the crown and the Boston Red Sox defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in a one game playoff to take the Wild Card. The Chicago White Sox won the AL Central to make a return to the Postseason after a one year absence, while the Texas Rangers unseated the Los Angeles Angels as champions of the West.
In the National League, the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants made triumphant returns to the Postseason with division crowns in the East and West, respectively. They were joined by perennial powers, the St. Louis Cardinals from the Central Division, and the Wild Card winning Philadelphia Phillies.
The Divisional Series produced a shocking upset in the American League, with the White Sox taking down the Yankees in 4 games. The Cardinals defeated the Braves, also in 4, while the Red Sox and Phillies needed 5 to dispatch of the Rangers and Giants, respectively.
The League Championship Series produced even more drama, with both series going at least six games. A matchup of the NL’s two most dominant teams of recent years did not disappoint, with the Phillies edging the Cardinals in 6 to claim their 3rd straight NL Pennant. In the AL, it was a battle of Sox (Red vs. White), with Boston going the distance to beat Chicago in 7 to return to the World Series for the first time since 2007.
In the World Series, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and the Philadelphia offensive attack proved to be too much for Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon and the rest of the Boston pitching staff. The Phillies took the series in 5 for their 2nd championship in 3 years, prompting wild celebrations in the City of Brotherly Love and declarations of a Phillies dynasty.
Awards & Stats
While his Cardinals fell short in the NLCS, Albert Pujols retained his title as the league’s best player by winning his 3rd NL MVP Award. Regarded by many as the player of the decade, Pujols continued his run of consistent domination with a .315 average, 38 home runs, 109 RBIs and 100 runs.
Alex Rodriguez continued to bring in hardware in the AL, winning his 4th MVP award after crushing 31 home runs, driving in 108 RBIs and scoring 106 runs, all with a .317 batting average. Major League Baseball® 2K10 cover boy Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays came up just short in his bid for his 1st MVP trophy, slugging 37 home runs (many of which landed in the 2K Sports Go Longo Section at Tropicana Field), driving in 111 runs and hitting at a .281 clip.
After years of contention, Dan Haren of the Arizona Diamondbacks won his 1st NL Cy Young award, posting an 18-7 record and 3.05 ERA, with 212 strikeouts in 230 innings pitched. C.C. Sabathia won his 2nd Cy Young award and 1st with the Yankees, thanks to an outstanding 20-5 record, 3.07 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 234 innings.
So there you have it. Another exciting baseball season, brought to you by 2K Sports and Major League Baseball® 2K10.