Let me just put this right out here: I don't feel like waiting for the season to near its end, or to reach the all-star break, so I am going to give you my picks right now. These will cover National and American League Batting Titles, Most Valuable Players, Cy Young Awards, Rookie of the Year, Gold Gloves, and Manager of the Year Award. Also predicted, how teams will place in their divisions, who will play who in the playoffs, and who will win what.
Today I'll start out with the AL Batting Titles:
2008 AL Batting Title: Winner: Joe Mauer.................Runner Up: Magglio Ordonez
Joe Mauer became the only catcher ever to win an AL batting title when he won it in 2006 over Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. At the rate he is going at, I would expect him to win it again this year, marking himself as one of the best hitting catchers of all time. He is currently batting .324 (second in the AL), and is behind Milton Bradley (.333), who I would not expect to last there. He is a .314 career hitter, so I'm guessing that his average will not be likely lowered by a lot. He reached a [would be league leading] .335 average on June 6th, but went 2-for-13 in the next four games. He will continue to hit well, and is on the way to a another Silver Slugger if he stays healthy.
Magglio Ordonez is a somewhat biased pick, for I am a fan of his Tigers, but putting all of my hometown advantages aside, he still is a contender. Just less than a month ago, Ordonez was holding the third highest batting average in the AL, behind Milton Bradley and Hideki Matsui. Now he is 9th in the AL, with a .309 average. After looking at the list between him, Mauer, and the top, there aren't a lot of players who most people would invest in. Included up there on the "Yeah, Right" list are Johnny Damon, J.D. Drew, Ian Kinsler, and Kasey Kotchman, along with the seems-to-be-the-public-enemy-here Milton Bradley. That leaves Ordonez, Mauer, Matsui, and Josh Hamilton. Hamilton is the real deal, but his average will stay in the sub-.320 area, while Matsui's will eventually fall below .300. Mauer and Ordonez, however, will have their averages up to the .335+ area, and possibly .340 to .350.
SuperPredictions - Part 1: AL Batting Title
Posted on: June 12, 2008 7:20 pm