As Julio went the Mariners went this season. They were unstoppable in August and then completely worthless in September. If they had just played .500 ball in September they would have walked away with the division and it wouldn't have even been close. I did not expect Julio or the Mariners to continue their August pace but all they needed was to be totally average. Its frustrating that was too hard for them.
After 12 days with the Covid crap I feel I've turned the corner and finally getting some energy back too. Anyhow. Welcome back @MR.SNOWMIZER
Here's the 00z GFS 10 Day GIF: 500mb Height Anomaly
00z ECMWF in 50 minutes
In case anyone was wondering... Ohtani missed the last month of the season and still easily led the AL in HR's, OBP, SLG, OPS, OPS+, and what I think is really wild, led the AL in Total Bases. He also finished 4th in Batting Average.
Ohtani also led the MLB with 10.1 WAR.
Mookie Betts led the NL with 8.4 WAR, while the much hyped Ronald Acuna Jr came in with 8.1 WAR. Ohtani should easily win his 2nd AL MVP, and I would expect Acuna to win the NL MVP, though I would personally vote for Betts.
Gerrit Cole is the clear Cy Young favorite in the AL, finishing with 7.5WAR, with Blake Snell (AKA the 21st Century Bret Saberhagen) looking to pick up his 2nd Cy Young for the Padres. He finished with by far the lowest ERA in the big leagues, and led the NL in pitching WAR.