Today I'll wrap up the United Cardinals Bloggers March project with my predictions for the playoffs and awards.
First off, is the playoffs.
Here are the playoff teams from each league, based on my projected standings:
East - Tampa Bay Rays
Central - Detroit Tigers
West - LA Angels
Wild Cards - Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers
East - Washington Nationals
Central - St. Louis Cardinals
West - SF Giants
Wild Cards - Cincinnati Reds, LA Dodgers
Based on the above, here is how I see the playoffs playing out:
AL - Toronto over Texas
NL - Dodgers over Reds
Angels over Toronto
Tampa over Detroit
Nationals over Dodgers
Cardinals over Giants
Angels over Tampa
Cardinals over Nationals
Cardinals over Angels
Call me a homer, but I think the Cardinals have a much stronger team that most people give them credit for. Last year they came within one game of going to the World Series for the second straight year and I think they can be even stronger this year.
Pujols had his year to adjust to the new league, now he is going to show them what he can really do.
The City of Los Angeles sweeps the MVP awards for both leagues.
AL Cy Young
David Price is great, but Verlander will take the prize.
NL Cy Young
R.A. Dickey is gone and Kershaw should regain his throne.
AL Rookie of the Year
Hot spring carries over into the regular season for the Twins prospect.
NL Rookie of the Year
Fujikawa overtakes Carlos Marmol early to earn the closer role and doesn't look back.
So, there you have it. Remember to check out the other Cardinals bloggers predictions at the United Cardinals Bloggers site.