I am continuing my United Cardinals Bloggers project from vacation. I have taken my predictions thread to another level. Here are my award and playoff predictions.
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers. The only way the Detroit Tigers win the Central this year is that Verlander pitches them there. Max Scherzer helps but falls back down to earth. Felix Hernandez may win more but he’s not the Cy Young this year.
AL Most Valuable Player: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox. Last year I predicted Chris Young from the Orioles would have a breakout year but Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers would edge him out and Mike Trout would come in third as his team would fade in the standings. Think I did pretty good. This year, no one player does more for his team offensively than Dustin Pedroia. He will have to if the Boston Red Sox are going to win the East. Verlander comes close in second.
AL Rookie of the Year: Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners. This should be a run away. Felix Hernandez takes him under his wing. He should be fun to watch.
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Brandon McCarthy, Oakland A’s. Sentimental choice, enough said.
NL Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals. Time for him to break out. Injuries could be an issue here. Not a personal choice. I think Adam Wainwright will come in second again. Matt Cain is also huge.
NL Most Valuable Player: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals. He probably should have won last year. Did anyone not see Andrew McCutcheon’s numbers versus the Cardinals? That’s because they weren’t great. Yadi had his pitchers pitch to him well.
NL Rookie of the Year: Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets. This will be a two horse race between the Mets Catcher and Javier Baez. D’Arnaud gets the edge by playing a full season at catcher. Neither team has much to lose and these two will help. Sorry Cards fans, Oscar Tavares does not get enough at bats this year and I am not sure he is their first OF call up right now. In fact, he may be third.
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants. Hurts me to type that. The Giants win the West with a good year by Posey. He will finish top five in the MVP race.
AL Playoffs: Cleveland edges Kansas City in a battle of this year’s ‘Pirates’ in the Wild Card game. Detroit edges the A’s in the ALDS and Boston cruises past Cleveland. The beards of Boston make it back to the World Series with a six game win over the Tigers.
NL Playoffs: Los Angeles over San Diego in a good pitching game. Washington handles the Giants fairly easy while St. Louis edges the Dodgers. I do not see a rematch of last year’s World Series but I see a repeat of my last year’s prediction of the Nationals over the Cardinals in an epic seven game NLCS.
World Series: Washington shows itself to the world. More people learn about Adam LaRoche as he wins World Series MVP. People in Montreal and our nation’s capital rejoice. Their pitching finds a way to calm Ortiz and the Red Sox.
I hope I may be partially wrong. I want my team to win it all every year. But I am first of all a baseball fan, so let’s all be excited this season no matter what team you root for!