2009 MLB Preseason Lester Awards
With the baseball season just around the corner, here’s a look at my preseason predictions.
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.
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.
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