Clayton Kershaw, Jay Bruce and 2011 MLB Award Predictions

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Clayton Kershaw, Jay Bruce and 2011 MLB Award Predictions
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Baseball is entering the summer, which means that most of the season's early surprise stories have either disappeared or become a tired expectation.

For the most part, contact and swing rates have stabilized, and we have a decent idea of what to expect from players and teams moving forward. As the prognosticating dies down, we're left to sit around and watch wonderful baseball in the summer, when velocity numbers start climbing and home runs start traveling a little further.

That's great, but I'm not done with predictions.

Fueled by the recent mashing of the Reds' Jay Bruce, I'm going to revisit my preseason picks for each league's Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. I'll preface this by saying that these are based on a compromise of who I think will deserve these honors and who I think is likely to receive them.

Alongside my early picks, I'll include an updated favorite, a couple of other contenders and a dark horse. With close to 20 names posted here, I'm sure I'll be right on at least a couple of these at season's end.

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