Back in March, I made my predictions for the annual baseball awards. At this point in the season, folks always come out with new predictions...myself included.
My picks were a bust the first month into the season. Pujols is human. Carp hasn't pitched since the first day of the season and Tony La Russa is not deserving of Manager of the Year at all. As for Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, he's not the best rookie out there.
As of now, these would be who I would give awards to at the end of the season.
Rookie of the Year: Hunter Pence, Houston Astros (.342, 11 HR, 42 RBI)
Most Valuable Player: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies (.325, 15, 68)
Cy Young: Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres (9-3, 2.19, 125)
Of all my preason picks, Alex Gordon had the slowest start ever! He did have a great month in June, average-wise, but he will have to step it up a notch for the rest of the season. Morneau is the same as last year and will remain with a strong chance. Currently, Morneau is 3rd in all of the major leagues for RBIs, home runs, and doesn't strike out all that much. As for Santana, he'll likely get it at the end of the season but not as of this point in time.
Rookie of the Year: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox (.318, 3 HR, 25 RBI)
Most Valuable Player: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins (.295, 24, 74)
Cy Young: Dan Haren, Oakland Athletics (10-3, 2.30, 101)
If the season were to end today, here's who would have made the playoffs.
National League Division Champions:
East: New York Mets
Central: Milwaukee Brewers
West: San Diego Padres
Wild Card: Los Angeles Dodgers
American League Division Champions:
East: Boston Red Sox
Central: Detroit Tigers
West: Los Angeles Angels
Wild Card: Cleveland Indians