Mar 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) during an at bat during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Postseason Awards Predictions-Preseason 2012


It’s that time of year when everyone tries to guess what will happen in the most unpredictable professional sport there is. Last year, everyone was all over the Red Sox as the team to beat while the Cardinals went completely unnoticed. So who are the teams and players that will haul the hardware at the end of the year? Here’s who our staff things will be the MVP’s, Cy Young Award winners, and a breakout player from each league:

Apr 3, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) follows through on a run-scoring sacrifice fly ball in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

AL MVP

Robinson Cano-NYY: (Brandon)

Jose Bautista-Tor:(Clint)

Albert Pujols-LAA: Last year was a down year for this guy and he still hit .299 with 37 bombs.  Seriously?  This dude is a machine.  I think he will transition quite well to the AL West and really the only competition he will face is the Rangers.  Even though I think Detroit will be the best team in the AL, Prince and Miguel will split MVP votes while Albert will rack them all up.  I expect him to flirt with 45-50 bombs and eventually take home the crown. (Sky)

Evan Longoria-TB: Longoria has yet to put together the total season, but with Tampa looking to him for even more leadership I think this is his year. It wouldn’t surprise me to see average like 2 years ago (.294) combined with HR from last year (31). I think the Rays make the playoffs and Longoria carries them there. (Z)

Mar 31, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) rounds third as he goes onto to score on a single by third baseman Scott Rolen (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

NL MVP

Troy Tulowitzki-Col: (Brandon)

Joey Votto-Cin: (Clint)

Justin Upton-Ari: At the age of 24, Justin is finally starting to come all the way around with his game and maturity.  He played very well for Arizona last year jacking 31 bombs, but I think this season will be even better for him.  Arizona is a fun team to watch, and I think they will run away with the division with Upton leading them. I expect him to be about 40-25 this year and hit right about .300. (Sky)

Matt Kemp-LAD: Kemp fell just short of the Triple Crown last year and was beaten in the MVP race by the scandal-laden Ryan Braun. Last year, I thought Braun deserved it, but as we head into this season I think the Dodgers will be much improved and more focused as they head into the season and that Kemp will have another MVP quality year. He’s just 26 and could be in this discussion for the next several years. (Z)

March 10, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

AL Cy Young

Jered Weaver-LAA: (Brandon)

C. C. Sabathia-NYY: (Clint)

Justin Verlander - I don’t think he can repeat the season he had last year, but I still think he takes home the title.  I see the Tigers winning at least 100 games this year, and Verlander taking home 25 of them.  His ERA will rise a little bit I’m sure, but JV should hopefully still be in line for the Cy Young. (Sky)

Feliz Hernandez-Sea: King Felix is on a one-man crusade to make W an obsolete stat for pitchers. His team’s so horrible that he hardly ever win and will finish was behind Verlander and Sabathia, but will get the award thanks to Safeco Field and his K’s, FIP, and WAR. (year of the saber-stat) (Z)

March 20, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (34) throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the bottom of the third inning of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

NL Cy Young

Clayton Kershaw-LAD: (Brandon)

Roy Halladay-Phi: (Clint)

Roy Halladay-Phi:  The Phillies’ offense normally helps out their star-studded pitching staff, but I don’t see that happening this year.  Howard, Utley will be on and off the DL all year plus Rollins is sketchy too.  I think the Doc will put the team on his back and carry them to the best record in the NL.  Lee will give Roy a run for his money for the award, but I truly see Doc Halladay bringing it home. (Sky)

Roy Halladay-Phi: Make it almost unanimous. He’s the best pitcher in the NL and since this award goes to the best pitcher in the NL, he should have the inside track…(Z)

AL Rookie of the Year

March 13, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore (55) throws in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. The Rays and Orioles ended in a 7 - 7 tie. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Moore-TB: (Brandon)

Matt Moore-TB: (Clint)

Matt Moore-TB:Matt Moore - I personally think that this is a no-doubter.  Darvish is the only one who can really give him competition for this, but Moore is so polished already that I have to pick him.  He dominated in his start last year against the Yankees and I think he is ready to take on the AL East at full force. (Sky)

Yoenis Cespedes-OAK: I know Moore is the obvious pick here, and it may end up being the right one. I, however, think that Cespedes will get plenty of playing time and have 25 HR. His K’s will be high limiting his BA/OBP but he could hit .265 and play good efense and edge out Moore who has to endure the gauntlet of the AL East. (z)

Sept 23, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (47) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

NL Rookie of the Year

Yonder Alonso-SD: (Brandon)

Taylor Pastronicky-Atl:(Clint)

Trevor Bauer-Ari: The only problem with this pick here is Kirk Gibson doesn’t have Bauer in their starting rotation to start the year.  I truly think he belongs there instead of Collmenter, but his time will eventually come hopefully sooner than later.  He is the next Tim Lincecum with his quirky delivery and high velocity.  I see him making an immediate impact in Arizona and helping them win the NL West. (Sky)

Drew Pomeranz-Col: Pomeranz looked real good this spring and although he may not pitch the whole year the big Lefty will dominate enough when he does pitch to be the ace of the Rockies by the end of the year and make Colorado forget that this guy named ‘Baldo used to be around. He starts in the rotation even though he’ll get skipped the first time through as he deals with a minor injury. (z)

March 21, 2012; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Desmond Jennings watches from the dugout during a spring training game against the New York Yankees at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

AL Breakout

Kila K’ihue-Oak: (Clint)

Chris Sale - In 2 years with the White Sox, Sale has a 2.58 ERA and averaging more than a strikeout per inning.  They are set to move him to the rotation this year where I think he will absolutely flourish.  His long lanky body is the perfect frame and he will hit upper 90s from the left side.  Not too many lefty starters can do that and I expect Sale to have an outstanding season for the Sox. (Sky)

Desmond Jennings-TB: He and Longoria will make the Rays offense go. Jennings is patient at the plate, has some pop, and will steal a ton of bases. He could easily be a top 10 fantasy player in the next couple years.

NL Breakout

Brandon Belt-SF: (Clint)

Wilson Ramos-Was: I think that the Nationals are going to make a lot of noise this year in the NL all-season long.  Ramos was a top prospect in the Twins organization for years, but just stuck behind a guy called Joe Mauer.  Now after a full season under his belt in Washington, Ramos is going to show his true talent.  I think he will hit 30 bombs and anchor this lineup all season long. (Sky)

Cameron Maybin-SD: Maybin could be in for a monster year. I can see him getting into the 20-20 club and teaming with Yonder Alonso and others to make the Padres offense relevant again. The biggest drawback for Maybin may be his home field since Petco will hurt any hitters fantasy value. (z)

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