Preseason MLB Lester Awards
AL East: Boston - World Series Champs should be just as strong.
AL Central: Detroit - Offseason trade made Detroit a major player
AL West: Anaheim Angels - Still the Class of the West. Hunter was great addition.
AL Wildcard: New York Yankees - They’re still the Yankees. Young pitching will need to hold up.
NL East: New York Mets - Johan and Pedro form a lethal 1-2 punch.
NL Central: Chicago Cubs - Is this the year finally?
NL West: Arizona - Young team will only get better.
NL Wildcard: Actual: Philadelphia Phillies - Offense is a force to be reckoned with.
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.
Boston Red Sox over the New York Mets. Bill Buckner can really breath easier now.
AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona. Best record in baseball.
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Travis Hafner. Pronk rebounds to put up huge numbers.
AL Batting Crown: Ichiro. He’s a machine.
AL Home Run Title: A-Rod. Period.
AL RBI Title: A-Rod. Period.
NL Manager of the Year: Willie Randolph. Feel good story after the collapse.
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Randy Johnson. The Big Unit is back.
NL Batting Crown: Chase Utley. The dude is just good.
NL Home Run Title: Ryan Howard. He’s a beast.
NL RBI Title: Ryan Howard. Plenty of plate setters. Howard always clears his plate.