Thursday, March 20, 2008

American League Award Winners and Playoff Teams

AL MVP - Alex Rodriguez - A-Rod can have a drop off from last year's huge stats (.315, 54 hr, 156 rbi, 143 runs, 24 sb) and still be better than the numbers that last year's MVP runner up (Magglio Ordonez with .363, 28 hr, 139 rbi, 117 runs and 4 sb). Sleeper: Carlos Pena

AL Cy Young - C.C. Sabathia - Sabathia proved last year that he is finally a pitcher and an ace, expect him to put up better numbers this year with a HUGE contract on the line. Sleeper: Erik Bedard

AL Manager of the Year - Joe Maddon - The young and exciting Rays should continue to grow up and will probably flirt with .500 this year. Not too bad for the lowest payroll in baseball. Sleeper: John Gibbons

AL Rookie of the Year - Evan Longoria - Expected to be this year's version of Ryan Braun, which sets the bar very, very high. Sleeper: Clay Buchholz

AL Playoff Teams -
Boston - Simply the most well rounded team in the AL.
Detroit - The lineup is too good to be denied.
Los Angeles - Seattle just isn't ready to unseat the Angels out west.
New York - Bronx Bombers will make up for a thin pitching staff and outlast the Indians.

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