For the three awards…
Now, allow me to explain, because I’ve made some interesting choices here.
AL MVP – Alex Rodriguez – A-Rod is baaaaack… after recovering from an injury, answering most criticisms from New York fans with a stellar postseason, winning a World Series and having another 30 home run/100 RBI season in ’09, all signs lead to Alex Rodriguez coming back and hammering the baseball, perhaps not as well as he did in ’07, but certainly quite close.
NL MVP – Albert Pujols – I really don’t need to explain this choice. Last year, I picked David Wright of the Mets to win the NL MVP, and was promptly slapped in the face by Albert Pujols. He’s had back-to-back MVP’s and I don’t think there’s heavy enough competition to stop him from another one. I don’t know why I’d ever doubt the man. He’s from Santo Domingo.
AL Cy Young – Jake Peavy – Now here’s gonna be my bold prediction. Jake Peavy has a much better lineup than he had in San Diego here with the ChiSox, he’s coming back from injuries, and he’s facing a league that pretty much hasn’t seen him very often. There won’t be many things expected of the former NL Cy Young winner, and I’d expect him to be eager to thrust himself back on the scene as an ace pitcher. Peavy is still 28 years old, in the prime of his career, with sharp stuff. And by the way, if you’re doubting Jake Peavy can hurl the ball as well in the American League in a hitter’s park in U.S. Cellular, consider the 3-0 record, 1.35 ERA(344 ERA+) and .850 WHIP that Peavster had towards the end of ’09 in his brief return with the White Sox. Now consider that he’s pitching in the American League Central, facing such devastatingly tough lineups like the Minnesota Twins’ and Kansas City Royals’ and GOLLY GEE WILLIKERS them Indians are tough, huh? No, not really. He’s back, folks.
NL Cy Young – Roy Halladay – Doc, Doc. Easily one of the best pitchers in the game, quite arguably the best due to his consistency, stuff, mentality and command. This guy is a beast, and he’s going to have a beastly year in a league that really hasn’t seen too much of him. This was a very tough decision for me, because Tim Lincecum’s won the past two National League Cy Young awards, but it’s just so hard for me to speak of a threepeat for anyone but Pujols. I think Halladay is going to dominate, rack up 20 wins, and that’ll be just too much for any voter to deny. Maybe Lincecum will be deserving, but I think Halladay comes away with it.
AL Rookie of the Year – Neftali Feliz – Feliz will make the Rangers very, very Feliz.
I’m sorry, I had to.
But honestly, how can you deny a guy like Feliz who came up to Texas and promptly struck out batter after batter with high octane stuff? He’s a rookie this year with some seasoning from last year and is going to give American League batters more fits and nightmares than any Final Destination movie could.
NL Rookie of the Year – Madison Bumgarner – San Fran’s number 5 rotation spot is his to lose, literally, and with stuff, command and poise like his he’ll easily be able to do well against weak NL West lineups. Bumgarner is a solid pitcher, and while he’s not going to instantly make the impact he’s capable of in my opinion, he’ll certainly be sharp in his rookie campaign and come away with the big trophy.
I just can’t wait to be wrong.
Stay positive, Yankee fans.
-EJ the Kid from New York
Using my rights as an American citizen, I elect not to discuss the events that occurred yesterday. It would bring me too much frustration.
I mean honestly, guys, I’d love to break down just precisely why that ballgame infuriated me to the depths of my soul, but it’d just get me all riled up again. I mean honestly, the Yankees have never ticked me off in game quite as much as they did yesterday, at least not in a long, long while. I was punching stuff. That’s how bad it was.
So instead of wallowing in the pure defeat that was yesterday’s Yankees game, I’d like to talk about tonight’s game.
We are probably going to lose. Why do I say that? Well, the Marlins are on a roll, their offense has been very good, and Sean West, the rookie lefty, is up against the Bombers. As many of you know, the Yanks are soooo pathetically bad against pitchers they’ve never seen before. And it’s not like West is a standard-run of the mill pitcher whom the Yanks have never faced off against in the past. Sean West is a southpaw who has the build of a basketball player and he has good stuff. He’s pitched very well of late, and his numbers are good. Noo, this does not appear to bode well for the Pinstripers tonight.
Look, I’m not saying that the Yankees can’t win tonight. There is no such thing as can’t in baseball. But the probability is that the Marlins take it here.
I hope to God Frankie Hustle is starting tonight.
Rise Against – Prayer of the Refugee is the Song of the Day today.
Stay positive, Yankee fans.
-EJ the Kid From New York