Now that I've completed all of my exhausting 30 team previews for the upcoming 2008 season, I figure I might as well put my predictions out there. It's taken me about a month and a half, but I think I finally have a handle on what I think will happen this year. It shoud be a very exciting year across Major League Baseball, so wihtout further ado, here are my projections:
Diamondbacks over Mets in 5
Cubs over Dodgers in 4
Diamondbacks over Cubs in 6
Red Sox over Angels in 4
Indians over Mariners in 5
Indians over Red Sox in 6
Indians over Diamondbacks in seven
So there you have it. One note: I realize my AL West prediction was a total cop-out, but I seriously cannot pick between the Mariners and the Angels. Both teams have their strong points and their weak points, and in the end I think it'll balance out to them both winning 90 games.
Now, for some award predictions:
NL MVP: Jose Reyes, New York Mets
Reyes will be the most important part of this Mets offense, jumpstarting it when they need it the most. He'll follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Rollins, last year's NL MVP, in saying that his team is the team to beat then backing it up with the performance on the field.
NL Cy Young: Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks
The move from the AL, where Haren was already dominant, to the NL could mean 20 wins and a sub-3.00 ERA for Haren, who will team with Brandon Webb to give Arizona the most dominant 1-2 punch in the majors.
NL Manager of the Year: Joe Torre, Los Angeles Dodgers
Torre will finally get this team over the top and into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Dodgers have a whole lot of potential, and that potential will be realized under Torre.
NL Rookie of the Year: Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
It's only a matter of time before Bruce gets the call to patrol center in Cincinnati. He has all the skills to be a star in this game, and he'll begin to show them as soon as he gets called up.
AL MVP: Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians
Hafner had a down year last year, only hitting 24 home runs. A revitalized Hafner will hit at least 40 this year and will lead the Indians all the way to a World Series title.
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
With Erik Bedard now the ace of the Seattle staff, Hernandez finally can get comfortable without the pressure of carrying a pitching staff on his back. Expect Hernandez to take back his throne as "King Felix" and dominate hitters en route to the Cy Young and a Wild Card berth for the Mariners.
AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are becoming a trendy pick to have success this year, and while they'll still finish behind the major powers of the division, Maddon will guide this team to the most wins in franchise history.
AL Rookie of the Year: Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox
With injuries becoming a concern for the Red Sox rotation, Buccholz will see significant time in the majors this year, and he won't disappoint. He's already got a no-hitter under his belt and could really take off if given 25-30 starts this year.
Well, that does it for this series. 30 articles, probably over 60,000 words, and a whole lot of time invested into this.
For those that read my stuff, thanks. I can't wait to do these again next year.
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