Tommy Stokke is once again joined by Jon Heyman to discuss his latest Inside Baseball column, which opined on the awards races and how he comes to his voting conclusions.
Mike Trout leads the American League in WAR, but does the Los Angeles Angels’ record hurt his chances? Tommy doesn’t think it should, but Jon says an MVP on a winning team is preferable.
Is Kris Bryant running away with the NL MVP, and are the two surprised that he’s this good this soon?
There’s agreement on the AL Cy Young, and pretty close agreement on the NL Cy Young, but how much consideration does Chicago Cubs starter and MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks deserve? Can he actually win it?
Heyman then discusses what he takes into consideration when voting for Manager of the Year, a question specifically inspired by Jonah Keri’s discussion on Twitter.
From there, the two wonder how close the Atlanta Braves are to contending, and what that means for their offseason, specifically their pursuit of a catcher. Does Brian McCann or Wilson Ramos make more sense for the Braves?
The White Sox might hold on to Chris Sale and Jose Quintana this offseason because owner Jerry Reinsdorf isn’t one to sell, but is there a realistic way the team can compete in 2017?
The New York teams have (somehow) found themselves in the middle of the wild card race. Are the Yankees (2.5 games back) or the Mets (2.0 games back) in better position for 2016, as well as moving forward?
The Blue Jays also have questions to answer this offseason, mainly what to do with free agents Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders. What does a new management regime mean for the immediate future in the midst of Toronto’s revival?
The episode ends by going around the horn on topics including the Arizona Diamondbacks and their quick-twitch to the reset button, Zack Greinke, changes in MLB, and the all important question of Doritos or Lays.