The second half of the 2019 MLB season gets underway with a two-horse race for the Rookie of the Year Award. Brandon Lowe (+135) who plays for the Tampa Bay Rays holds a slight edge over Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+300) who plays as a third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Can the Jays’ rising star pull off an upset in the second half of the season and win the ROY instead of the favorized Lowe? Read our predictions to find out!
Although Vladimir Guerrero is a major ground ball hitter, he’s had only 11 home runs. Part of the reason why he isn’t hitting more home runs this season is consistency. He has more batted balls hit 115 miles per hour than anyone in the MLB so far, but he has an average exit velocity of 89 miles per hour, which is right around the league’s average.
So what we’re seeing from him is a struggle with consistency. He makes really good contact on one end, but he won’t hit the next one quite as well. Most of his stats are fine, but right now he looks pretty much like an average hitter overall. However, we do think it took him a while to hit his first runner, after which he performed exceptionally well for rookie standards. Basically, he got off to a slow start and he was pretty awesome ever since.
He didn’t hit a home run in his first 14 games, and he’s had 0 steals so far in the season. These are decent numbers, but nothing to be excited for. He will probably become better during the second half, but we are not expecting to see a superstar turn.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-5 with five RBIs and a grand slam to help the Toronto Blue Jays come up with a 9-2 victory over the Royals on July 30. The talented rookie has been on an RBI hot streak, and he’s now driven in 12 runs over his last four games. He got off to a slow start in his big-league career, but his performances as of late have boosted his slash line up to .261/.337/.430 to go along with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs across 326 plate performances.
He is currently a +300 favorite to win the 2019 American Rookie of the Year Award, despite another disappointing season by his team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Before you make your predictions though, we suggest that you go and watch Blue Jays online and see firsthand whether Guerrero Jr. is a bet that could pay off.
It looks like everyone is anticipating that the Jays’ rising superstar Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will have a legendary hot streak in the second half of the season that will vault him to the top of the ROY race.
However, it’s unlikely that something like that is going to happen, given how inconsistent his performances were up to the midseason break. The slugging Lowe leads the ROY race despite being among the league leaders in strikeouts. But who cares about strikeouts these days anyway?
Lowe is a +135 favorite on Bovada, so you won’t be making a lot of cash if you bet on him and he wins the award.