2008 MLB Preview: Awards and Playoff Predictions

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2008

MVPs and Cys in both leagues, along with my projected October:

American League MVP

1) Alex Rodriguez, 3B - New York
2) David Ortiz, 1B/DH - Boston
3) Miguel Cabrera, 3B - Detroit
4) Magglio Ordoñez, OF - Detroit
5) Vladimir Guerrero, OF - Los Angeles
6) Manny Ramirez, OF - Boston
7) Ichiro Suzuki, OF - Seattle
8) Travis Hafner, 1B/DH - Cleveland
9) Justin Morneau, 1B - Minnesota
10) Grady Sizemore, OF - Cleveland

National League MVP

1) Albert Pujols, 1B - St. Louis
2) Prince Fielder, 1B - Milwaukee
3) Matt Holliday, OF - Colorado
4) Chase Utley, 2B - Philadelphia
5) Hanley Ramirez, SS - Florida
6) Chipper Jones, 3B - Atlanta
7) Ryan Braun, OF - Milwaukee
8) Ryan Howard, 1B - Philadelphia
9) Carlos Beltran, OF - New York
10) Alfonso Soriano, OF - Chicago

American League Cy Young

1) Josh Beckett, SP - Boston
2) C.C. Sabathia, SP - Cleveland
3) Justin Verlander, SP - Detroit
4) Erik Bedard, SP - Seattle
5) Jonathan Papelbon, CP - Boston
6) Roy Halladay, SP - Toronto
7) John Lackey, SP - Los Angeles
8) Fausto Carmona, SP - Cleveland
9) Francisco Rodriguez, CP - Los Angeles
10) Felix Hernandez, SP - Seattle

National League Cy Young

1) Jake Peavy, SP - San Diego
2) Johan Santana, SP - New York
3) Brad Penny, SP - Los Angeles
4) Chris Young, SP - San Diego
5) Brandon Webb, SP - Arizona
6) Carlos Zambrano, SP - Chicago
7) Dan Haren, SP - Arizona
8) Cole Hamels, SP - Philadelphia
9) Trevor Hoffman, CP - San Diego
10) Roy Oswalt, SP - Houston

 

Playoff Predictions

ALDS

Detroit over New York in 5 - New manager, same result for the Yanks, as the league's winningest team downs the Bombers in five games.

Boston over Los Angeles in 4 - In a rematch of a 2007 series, the Red Sox prove to be dominant over the A.L. West winners once again.

NLDS

San Diego over Philadelphia in 4 - Good pitching beats good offense in a short series as the Padres advance to NLCS behind Peavy and Young.

Milwaukee over Los Angeles in 5 - The Brewer bat overcome L.A.'s deep pitching, setting the stage for an intriguing NLCS.

ALCS/NLCS

Detroit over Boston in 6 - The Tigers repeat their feat of 2006 and win the American League pennant en route to the World Series.

San Diego over Milwaukee in 5 - The Padres pitch their way to the Fall Classic as the lack of playoff experience comes back to bite the Brewers.

World Series

Detroit over San Diego in 5 - The Padres' run ends against a superior A.L. foe as the Tigers capture a World Champonship and Miguel Cabrera takes home the World Series MVP.

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