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2011 MLB Predictions: American and National League MVPs

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2011 MLB Predictions: American and National League MVPs
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Our individual award predictions conclude today with the American League and National League MVPs. I think if you take a look at both leagues, there doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite in either league. My guess is, if you asked five different people to pick their winner, you would get five different answers in each league.

Let’s try to do our best to narrow down all these candidates to one and predict the winners.

 

It should be all smiles this year for Cano

American League

Candidates: Carl Crawford, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Josh Hamilton, Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria

Predicted Winner: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

Reason Why: I wasn’t a big fan of Cano’s when he first came up with the Yankees, but he really has come into his own over the years. Cano had career highs in HRs (29), OBP (.381), SLG (.534), OPS (.914) and finished third in the 2011 AL MVP voting.

One of these years, Cano is going to put it all together. And when I say "all," I mean hitting .340 with 35 HRs and have a 1.000-plus OPS.

He will always be surrounded by talent, so the RBI and runs numbers will always be there. Perhaps this is the year Cano puts it all together.

 

National League

Candidates: Joey Votto, Albert Pujols, Buster Posey, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, Ryan Braun

Predicted Winner: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Reason Why: Pujols is always the obvious answer and with him playing for a massive contract, he becomes even more of the obvious answer. Just like Tulowitzki, CarGo, Braun and Ethier, however, I don’t see Pujols playing on a team that will make the postseason in 2011.

I know that shouldn’t matter. However, as we all know, when it comes to the MVP voting, playing on a winning team counts. That leaves Votto and Posey, and I believe Posey is the man this year and will pull a "Dustin Pedroia." That meaning winning the ROY and MVP award in back-to-back seasons.

Posey might not have better numbers than some of the other contenders on this list, but Pedroia didn’t have the best numbers in 2008 either. His numbers will be good enough, and since I feel the Giants will win the NL Central again, Posey will win the award.

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