American League Awards Predictions – 2012
Opening Day is just a few days away – well, technically, it already happened, but if the two worst teams in the league play a game, and no one sees it, did it really happen? Anyway, here are my predictions for award winners in the American League in 2012.
MVP – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
He’s finished top-5 in each of the past three years, sporting a .332/.421/.583 line, and is coming off back-to-back OBP titles, as well as the 2011 American League batting title. Now that he has the fearsome Prince protecting him in the order, I expect some very Nintendo-esque numbers from the Tigers superstar – the only question is whether or not his defense at third base will be so atrocious that it loses him votes (or if Leyland will come to his senses and put one of his three DH’s at DH).
Runners-up: Albert Pujols, Robinson Cano
Cy Young: CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
He consistently gets it done, year-in and year-out; I see his accomplishments being magnified with the current Pineda injury and question marks with the rest of the rotation.
Runners-up: Felix Hernandez, Jered Weaver
Rookie of the Year: Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
Fresh off a contract that will leave him set for life, Matt Moore will have an even better season than his teammate Jeremy Hellickson had last year. Yu Darvish is quite tough to predict, but I have to imagine the voters will side with the true rookie if it’s close. There was some question about whether or not Mike Trout would end up being eligible (he had the maximum number of PA’s to still be eligible, and had some limbo time originally counted as MLB service time) – but the final verdict was that he is, and will be a heavy contender in the race as well. Like most on this blog, I believe Jesus Montero will underwhelm, especially at DH.
Runners-up: Darvish, Trout