As we close in on Opening Day, the writers here will be sharing their preseason predictions with you for both the playoffs and award winners. First up is Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends, so let’s see what he’s got:
AL East: Boston - Hopefully they can avoid the injuries this year.
AL Central: Minnesota Twins - Young pitching takes the next step.
AL West: Anaheim Angels – Still the One out West.
AL Wildcard: New York Yankees - Money Talks.
NL East: Philadelphia Phillies - Too much Offense.
NL Central: Chicago Cubs – Is this the year?
NL West: Arizona Diamondbacks – Webb and Haren lead the way.
NL Wildcard: New York Mets – In Johan we trust.
Boston Red Sox over Minnesota Twins – Twins aren’t built for postseason.
New York Yankees over Los Angels of Anaheim – Money Talks
Boston Red Sox over New York Yankees – BoSox continue recent dominance.
Chicago Cubs over New York Mets – Cubs too balanced.
Philadelphia Phillies over Arizona Diamondbacks – Experience prevails.
Chicago Cubs over Philadelphia Phillies – Down with the goat.
Boston Red Sox over Chicago Cubs – Boston crushes Chicago’s dreams.
American League Awards:
AL MVP: Mark Teixeira - Worth his weight in Gold.
AL Cy Young: Josh Beckett - Big bounceback for Beckett.
AL Rookie of the Year: Matt Weiters - Mauer with Power.
AL Manager of the Year: Ron Gardenhire – Finally
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Travis Hafner – I’m a Sucker for Pronk.
AL Batting Crown: Ichiro Suzuki – Mauer doesn’t get enough ABs to qualify.
AL Home Run Title: David Ortiz – I love it when they call me Big Papi.
AL RBI Title: Mark Teixeira – Big Tex delivers.
National League Awards:
NL MVP: Ryan Howard - Gets that average back up.
NL Cy Young: Johan Santana - Best in the Game.
NL Rookie of the Year: Cameron Maybin - Mr. Excitement
NL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin – Holds off Joe Torre’s Dodgers.
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Carpenter - Back to form.
NL Batting Crown: Albert Pujols – Best Hitter in baseball.
NL Home Run Title: Ryan Howard – Beast.
NL RBI Title: Ryan Howard – Beast