Three observations …

• Congratulations to Seattle righthander Tony Zych, who debuted last week and has moved into the final spot on baseball’s alphabetical list of players. He took over for Dutch Zwilling, who played from 1910 to ’16.

• If you think the MVP award should be the player of the year award, then Bryce Harper is the man in the National League. If you feel a player has to help his team win, then Yoenis Cespedes enters the conversation, even in only two months with the Mets.

• The Red Sox have been a huge disappointment, but several young players have stepped forward this season, and Boston could be a dangerous club in 2016.

… and two predictions

• Nelson Cruz will beat Chris Davis for the AL home run title.

• Toronto will win the AL East by at least four games.