Alex B: Miguel Cabrera Alex C: Albert Pujols Cliff: Albert Pujols Derek: Albert Pujols Jon: Miguel Cabrera Ken: Albert Pujols Mike: Albert Pujols Scott: Albert Pujols Will: Albert Pujols
Jon: I was a skeptic about Cabrera last year--I'll let myself be converted. It's a close call, though, over Carlos Beltran and a hobbling Albert Pujols.
Derek: With the knee injury to Barry Bonds, the passing of the torch that's been in the offing for a couple years should finally occur. Pujols will be the default answer to this question for the next ten years or so.
Scott: It's Pujols' award, if he stays healthy.
Alex C: Oh how I wish he'd just go away.
NATIONAL LEAGUE BEST PITCHER
Alex B: Ben Sheets Alex C: Ben Sheets Cliff: Ben Sheets Derek: Jake Peavy Jon: Pedro Martinez Ken: Jason Schmidt Mike: Jake Peavy Scott: Pedro Martinez Will: Mark Prior
Scott: I think Pedro becomes the biggest story in New York as the Mets exceed expectations.
Jon: I like Pedro coming over to the NL, pitching six strong innings and allowing one run while striking out seven before leaving for a pinch-hitter. Every game.
Mike: Peavy was ungodly last year (ERA, K/9 IP, etc.), should be on a pretty good team, and will only be 24. He gets the nod over Sheets.
Derek: The kid can flat out pitch. He has yet to throw 200 innings in a season, but I'm betting this is the year, and if that happens look for 20+ wins and a shot at the ERA title.
NATIONAL LEAGUE BEST ROOKIE
Alex B: J.D. Closser Alex C: Jason Dubois Cliff: J.D. Closser Derek: Andy Marte Jon: J.D. Closser Ken: Chris Burke Mike: Chris Burke Scott: Garrett Atkins Will: none of the above? Gavin Floyd, by default
Derek: He might not start the year in The Show, but I have to believe Marte will finish there, and be knocking the cover off the ball while he's at it.
J.J. Hardy could win it also, especially since he's likely to be playing the whole year, but I think 250-300 AB of Andy would trump a full season of J.J.
Jon: Those skeptical of Closser's Coors-inflated stats will cut him some slack for playing catcher. I'm interested in Carlos Quentin making a late run, though.
Cliff: I'd prefer to pick Jeff Francis, but when given a choice between a Rockies pitcher and a Rockies hitter, you choose the hitter, particularly when he plays a valuable defensive position for a team that will likely exceed expectations (not that they have any expectations).
Alex C: In a huge upset, Dubois gets 450 ABs and slugs 25 homers.
Will: Floyd's the most apparent guy, though I can see someone pulling a Podsednik (an older guy having a career year) and sneaking in over the 'prospect' type ROY. Problem is, those are longshot bets, and I don't see one out there.