Midseason MLB Lester Awards

Jul 16, 2008

With the break in the action for the All-Star Game, it’s time to take a look at the midseason award winners.  It’s also a time to reflect on my preseason predictions.

American League
AL East: Boston – Tampa gave Boston a scare, but I think the Champs hold them off.
Preseason Prediction:  Boston
AL Central:  Chicago White Sox – If it weren’t Detroit, I would have guessed Cleveland.  Guess again.
Preseason Prediction:  Detroit
AL West: Anaheim – They are who we thought they were. 
Preseason Prediction:  Anaheim 
AL Wildcard: Tampa Bay – They have been a great story, but I think NY finds a way to beat them out.
Preseason Prediction:  New York Yankees

National League
NL East: Philadelphia – They’ve let the Mets creep back.  Should be a good race.
Preseason Prediction:  New York Mets
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
Preseason Prediction:  Chicago Cubs
NL West: Arizona - I wouldn’t be proud if I were them.
Preseason Prediction:  Arizona
NL Wildcard: St. Louis – This has been one of Tony LaRussa’s most impressive jobs.
Preseason Prediction:  Philadelphia

Preseason Playoff Predictions
Boston Red Sox over Anaheim.  The Sox have their number.
Detroit over New York.  Pitching and hitting are too strong for Detroit.
Boston over Detroit.  Beckett dominates once again

Mets over Cubs.  Still not this year.  Johan is unbelievable.
Arizona over Phillies.  Arizona’s pitching overpowers Philly’s hitting.
Mets over Arizona.  Great pitching matchups, but Pedro wills the Mets to the Series.

World Series
Boston Red Sox over the New York Mets.  Bill Buckner can really breath easier now.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL MVP:  Josh Hamilton – 95 RBI.  Seriously. 
Preseason Prediction:  A-Rod

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL Cy Young:  Cliff Lee – 12-2, 2.31 ERA, 106 Ks.  Unbelievable.
Preseason Prediction:  Josh Beckett

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL Rookie of the Year:  Evan Longoria – He’s lived up to the hype.
Preseason Prediction:  Evan Longoria

AL Manager of the Year:  Joe Maddon – Tampa Bay is baseball’s best story
Preseason Prediction:  Terry Francona
AL Comeback Player of the Year:  Cliff Lee – From a Minor League stint to All-Star Starter
Preseason Prediction:  Travis Hafner
AL Batting Crown:  Ian Kinsler – He’s on fire.
Preseason Prediction:  Ichiro S
AL Home Run Title:  Grady Sizemore – Doesn’t he hit leadoff?
Preseason Prediction:  A-Rod
AL RBI Title:  A-Rod.  Josh Hamilton – Baseball’s second best story.
Preseason Prediction:  A-Rod

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  NL MVP:  Lance Berkman – .347, 22 HRs, 73 RBI. 
Preseason Prediction:  Ryan Howard 

lesters-award-baseball.jpg NL Cy Young:  Edison Volquez – 12-3, 2.29 ERA, 126 Ks.  Amazingly keeping the Josh Hamilton trade somewhat respectable.
Preseason Prediction:  Johan Santana

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  NL Rookie of the Year:  Geovany Soto – Leading rookies in HR, RBI, and Average.  Oh yeah, and he plays Catcher.
Preseason Prediction:  Joey Votto

NL Manager of the Year:  Tony LaRussa – With apologies to Lou Piniella, but nobody has done more with less than Tony LaRussa.
Preseason Prediction:  Willie Randolph (Yikes)
NL Comeback Player of the Year:  Kerry Wood – Gotta feel good for him.  Tied for 2nd in Saves in NL.
Preseason Prediction:  Randy Johnson
NL Batting Crown:  Chipper Jones – .376.  Are you kidding me?
Preseason Prediction:  Chase Utley
NL Home Run Title:  Ryan Howard – Like I said, he’s a beast.
Preseason Prediction:  Ryan Howard
NL RBI Title:  Ryan Howard – See above.
Preseason Prediction:  Ryan Howard

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