2009 MLB Preseason Lester Awards

Apr 1, 2009

With the baseball season just around the corner, here’s a look at my preseason predictions.

American League
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.

National League
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.

World Series
Boston Red Sox over Chicago Cubs – Boston crushes Chicago’s dreams.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL MVP:  Mark Teixeira - Worth his weight in Gold.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL Cy Young:  Josh Beckett - Big bounceback for Beckett.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  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.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  NL MVP:  Ryan Howard - Gets that average back up.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg NL Cy Young:  Johan Santana - Best in the Game.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  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

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    April 1st, 2009 at 7:16 am #

    Interesting list, and also as good as anyone’s. Sleepers seem to emerge as ROY, so who knows. The Twins are a great organization who stays competitive without a spending spree. Pujols is the best hitter in the game …and my Reds are no where in sight … again … still

  2. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    I agree on ROY’s. Very hard to predict. Those two seem to have the goods though. The Reds are coming. I truly believe that.

  3. Rotoprofessor
    April 1st, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    Not sure I agree with either of your ROY, actually. Maybin is likely to struggle in the average department and now the talk is Emilio Bonifacio is going to play 3rd and leadoff for the team. That drops Maybin down to the bottom of the order and severely limits his value.

    As for Wieters, who knows, but there is the possiblity that he misses too much time early on and can’t make up the difference. There are some top level rookies starting off the season with their teams, like Nick Adenhart and Trevor Cahill, who I think have the inside track at this point, assuming they can produce.

  4. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    I’m not a good prognosticator for ROY in baseball.

  5. EGL
    April 1st, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    I like Maybin as well but i think in the A.L. it will be David price by a mile even if he does not come up until may.
    The guy is going to be a monster.

  6. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    maybe so EGL. Price is real good for sure.

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