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Posted on: November 13, 2009 11:35 pm
 

MLB Awards Predictions

AL Rookie of the Year: Elvis Andrus, TEX

Andrus should win the AL ROY in a pretty weak group. He did the small things like stealing bases while playing solid defense every night. If not Andrus, look for Andrew Bailey from the A's to win it.

NL Rookie of the Year: Tommy Hanson, ATL

With an 11-4 record and a 2.89 ERA, Hanson should, in my opinion, easily take home the NL ROY. If not Hanson, I like J.A. Happ from the Phillies to take it.

AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, SEA

King Felix takes this one for his impressive season, including winning 19 games for the lowly Mariners. If not him, look for Zack Greinke from the Royals to certainly take home the Cy.

NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum, SF

Not only the best pitcher in the NL, but in the MLB, I like strikeout artist Timmy Lincecum to defend his Cy. If not, look for one of the Cardinals 1-2 to win it. And don't forget about a sleeper in Dan Haren of Arizona.

AL MVP: Joe Mauer, MIN

You have to love Mauer, my pick for the AL MVP. With a crazy batting average and career highs in home runs and runs batted in, I don't see anyone coming close to beating out Mauer.

NL MVP: Albert Pujols, STL

Like the AL MVP, I expect Pujols to easily take this one home. A home run machine, RBI machine, and in my opinion best player in the MLB, I see Pujols as the clear cut MVP in the NL.
Posted on: July 25, 2009 6:36 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2009 5:01 pm
 

Cardinals are now a major threat in the NL

Going out and acquiring Mark DeRosa was a very nice move to start things off for St.Louis. This is a guy who can hit for a good average (.265 on the season) and has some power in his bat (16 home runs). Then they go out and get Matt Holliday from Oakland, who, despite having a bit of a down year, brings power and strong protection for a team that desparately needs it.

Of course the Cardinals have the best player hands down in the MLB, Albert Pujols. Getting guys like Holliday and DeRosa around him will make his already amazing numbers even better. One of the most underrated players in the MLB is Ryan Ludwick. He has a lot of power and can rack up RBI.

Don't forget about some of the other guys. Skip Schumaker, Rick Ankiel, Colby Rasmus, and All Star catcher Yadier Molina are all great pieces on this Cardinals roster.

Then you get to the pitching. One of the best 1-2 punches pitching-wise is Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. Throw in guys like Joel Pineiro, who is getting better and better, Kyle Lohse, and Todd Wellemeyer. Plus the emergence of closer Ryan Franklin has solidified the Cardinals as a very solid pitching team.

This is a team that I see as the third best in the National League, after the Phillies and Dodgers. With Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright, who knows how far this Cardinals team can go?

One guy I should have mentioned but did not was Julio Lugo. Acquiring a guy like him provides more depth, as well as a guy who can maintain the top of the order.

This is definitely a team that I would not want my Phillies to face in the postseason, at all.
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 3, 2009 12:30 pm
 

Some Random MLB Thoughts (5/3)

All for now.

Posted on: May 18, 2008 12:32 am
 

MLB Player Rankings

Catcher

1. Russell Martin (great all around game)
2. Victor Martinez (best catcher offensively)
3. Joe Mauer
4. Brian McCann (very underrated, very good)
5. Ivan Rodriguez

1st Baseman

1. Albert Pujols (injuries, what injuries?)
2. Lance Berkman (this guy can hit the ball... far)
3. Derrek Lee (this guy is also a HR machine)
4. Mark Teixeira (one of the many solid first basemen in the NL)
5. Ryan Howard (another HR machine here, does strikeout a lot, though)

2nd Baseman

1. Chase Utley (best second baseman by far, underrated defensively)
2. Brandon Phillips (good all around game)
3. Dan Uggla
4. Ian Kinsler (extremely underrated, steals bases, solid defensively)
5. Placido Polanco (hits for a high batting average, defensively superb)

3rd Baseman

1. Alex Rodriguez
2. David Wright (should see more Gold Gloves coming his way)
3. Chipper Jones
4. Aramis Ramirez
5. Ryan Zimmerman

Shortstops 

1. Hanley Ramirez (except defensively, this guy's got it all)
2. Jimmy Rollins
3. Jose B. Reyes (this guy's got speed)
4. Michael Young
5. Miguel Tejada (hard to believe he is as old as he is)

Left Fielders

1. Matt Holliday
2. Manny Ramirez (he's a proven winner in Boston)
3. Carl Crawford
4. Carlos N. Lee
5. Alfonso Soriano (this streak is amazing)

Center Fielders

1. Curtis Granderson (great leadoff hitter, all around athlete)
2. Ichiro Suzuki (another monster leadoff hitter)
3. Grady Sizemore
4. Torii Hunter (has always been a defensive standout) 
5. Carlos Beltran

Right Fielders

1. Magglio Ordonez
2. Vladimir Guerrero
3. Nick Markakis (criminally underrated)
4. Bobby Abreu (streaky, but scary at times)
5. Jeff Francoeur

Starting Pitchers

1. Brandon Webb (does 9-0 mean something)
2. Jake Peavy (strikout machine)
3. Josh Beckett (will get to the World Series with any team)
4. Roy Halladay (can go all 9 innings when needed, would probably go 15 if asked)
5. Johan Santana

Relief Pitchers

1. Francisco Rodriguez (best closer for sure, this guy has all the tools needed)
2. J.J. Putz (would be better on a better team)
3. Jonathan Papelbon
4. B.J. Ryan
5. Mariano Rivera (he's getting old, but can still close games)

 
 
 
 
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