This week I will give my predictions for the standings, playoffs, and awards.
Regular Season Standings:
1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2. Texas Rangers
3. Oakland A’s
4. Seattle Mariners
1. Detroit Tigers
2. Cleveland Indians – wild card
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Minnesota Twins
5. Kansas City Royals
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. Baltimore Orioles
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Diego Padres
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. San Francisco Giants
1. Cincinnati Reds
2. St. Louis Cardinals – wild card
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Houston Astros
6. Pittsburgh Pirates
1. New York Mets
2. Philadelphia Phillies
3. Florida Marlins
4. Atlanta Braves
5. Washington Nationals
AL Division Series:
New York Yankees over Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Detroit Tigers
NL Division Series:
New York Mets over St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds over Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds over New York Mets
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
AL MVP: Travis Hafner because last year he hit 42 HR and drove in 117 RBI’s. He also hit over .300. Travis did all this and was injured for almost a month. If he does get the MVP award, that would be another reason why the Hafner/Drese/Diaz trade was awful.
NL MVP: Ryan Howard because he hit almost 60 homers last year, hit .313, and will probably get better as he gets more experience.
AL Cy Young: Johan Santana because nobody in baseball can compete with him.
NL Cy Young: Roy Oswalt because he has the ability to fool, overpower, and make players miss.
AL Rookie of the Year: Dice-K Matsuzaka because he is one of the very few top rookies this year that will get a lot of playing time on a competing team.
NL Rookie of the Year: Chris Young because he can hit for power very well.
Come back next week for a Rangers roster analysis.