Predicting the So-Called "Experts"
Just as last year, I'm going to guess at who will win the major awards, and who should win the major awards. To be quite honest I have more faith in the writers this year than last as there seems to have been less of a media (ESPN) concentrated effort to push certain players this season.
In any event, my picks:
|Who Should Win ||Who Will Win|
|AL ROY||Justin Verlander||Justin Verlander|
|NL ROY||Ryan Zimmerman||Hanley Ramirez|
|AL MOY||Jim Leyland||Jim Leyland|
|NL MOY||Joe Girardi||Joe Girardi|
|AL Cy Young ||Johan Santana||Johan Santana|
|NL Cy Young||Brandon Webb||Roy Oswalt|
|AL MVP||Johan Santana||Derek Jeter|
|NL MVP||Albert Pujols||Ryan Howard|
As I said, I have more faith in the outcomes this year (if not the writers themselves) because some of the choices are easier and others have 2 or 3 viable and deserving candidates. I expect only to have picked a couple of different choices
(NL ROY, NL MVP, NL Cy Young) and other than Pujols missing out, I couldn't begrudge Oswalt or Ramirez from their wins (should they win).
It should be interesting, but there's far less drama and room for egregiuos mistakes as last year, when an undeserving Colon beat out Santana and Mariano Rivera, yet the media focused on and bemoaned how Clutchy O'Papi McOrtiz was beaten out by a guy with better offensive stats who also played defense.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 12:30 AM