I really tried to not predict any repeat winners but for the second straight year, I just can't find it in me to pick against the doctor.
Halladay lived up to expectations and then some his first season in Philadelphia, leading MLB in W (21), IP (250.2), and CG (9) and pitching a perfect game in May. In his first ever postseason start, he promptly no-hit the Cincinnati Reds, joining Don Larsen as the only players to pitch a postseason no-hitter.
About the only thing he didn't do last year was win a World Series, and you have to believe coming up short will just motivate him more to get it done this year. Look for Doc to again dominate the NL en route to a second straight Cy Young award.
Tim Lincecum: Rebounded from a disastrous August (0-5, 7.82 ERA) to help lead the Giants to a World Series title (4-1, 2.43 ERA, 4.78 K/BB in 6 postseason starts). It's hard to believe he's still just 26.
Clayton Kershaw: Few southpaws have a higher ceiling than this 23 year old who finished in the top 3 among lefty starters in ERA (2.91) and K (212) last season. A definite dark horse.
Cliff Lee: After donning four different uniforms in less than a year, Lee is back where he wanted to be and with long term security, is free to concentrate solely on pitching and could flourish as a result.
Zack Greinke: He didn't do himself any favors with that basketball injury last month, but a move to the NL and back into a pennant race could be just what Greinke needs to tap into his 2009 Cy Young form.