Both Simmons and Mitchell were in the postseason for two rounds.
Finally, there’s the toughest of the three votes that I would change because of what happened in the playoffs: Rookie of the Year.
That’s because the guy who was the best rookie in the playoffs was so clearly a full step behind the top picks in the regular season — Jayson Tatum of the Celtics.
Simmons had, again, excellent all-around numbers, scoring 16.3 points with 9.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists. But he was not much of a factor in the five-game series loss to the Celtics, a stark contrast to the 20-plus points Tatum scored in each of the five games, for a series average of 23.6 per game, on 52.6 percent shooting.
He would have been… had Mitchell struggled. But Mitchell was so good against the Thunder in the opening round, you’d have to give him the nod.
So, in the final postseason award I’d change entirely, the Rookie of the Year vote would go…
They’ve been throwing the ball well over there, and we haven’t really been able to put anything together, Bregman said. Verlander was a little unfortunate today with some of the weak contact that went for hits, but we’ve got to do a better job of putting up runs for him.
Nuno (2-0) got the win after pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out four. Sergio Romo pitched ninth for his seventh save in 11 opportunities.
Ryne Stanek pitched the first inning for Tampa Bay, giving up a single to Jose Altuve, Houston’s only hit in the first four innings.
Adeiny Hechavarria made a fielding error on George Springer’s grounder in the top of the sixth just before Bregman’s homer. It ended a streak of 94 games and 319 chances in which the Rays’ shortstop had not committed a miscue. It was the longest errorless streak in franchise history for a shortstop. Hechavarria’s last error had come on July 30, 2017 at Yankee Stadium.