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Thursday, March 31, 2011
MVP, Cy Young, rookie predictions

By David Schoenfield

We polled the SweetSpot bloggers to get preseason consensus picks for the three major awards.

AL MVP (6-4-3-2-1 points basis)
Longoria
Longoria
1. Evan Longoria, 47 points (5 first-place votes)
2. Adrian Gonzalez, 44 (3)
3. Robinson Cano, 28 (1)
4. Joe Mauer, 22 (1)
5. Josh Hamilton, 18 (1)
6. Miguel Cabrera 17 (1)
7. Carl Crawford, 15
8. Adam Dunn and Alex Rodriguez, 8 (1 each)
10. Adrian Beltre, Paul Konerko, Shin-Soo Choo, 3

Also receiving votes: Jon Lester, Brett Anderson, Nelson Cruz, Felix Hernandez, Ichiro Suzuki, Kevin Youkilis

Take: Longoria and Gonzalez were both named on 11 of the 14 ballots, but this looks like a wide-open race as eight different players received first-place votes.

NL MVP (6-4-3-2-1)
Pujols
Pujols
1. Albert Pujols, 72 (8)
2. Troy Tulowitzki, 35 (2)
3. Ryan Braun, 24 (2)
4. Joey Votto, 20
5. Hanley Ramirez and Jason Heyward, 15
7. Prince Fielder and Jay Bruce, 7 (1 first-place for Bruce)
9. Roy Halladay, 6 (1)
10. Ryan Howard, 5

Also receiving votes: Carlos Gonzalez, Buster Posey, Ryan Zimmerman, Starlin Castro, Rickie Weeks

Take: Pujols in landslide; he was first or second on all 14 ballots.

AL Cy Young (5-3-1)
Lester
Lester
1. Jon Lester, 33 (6)
2. Felix Hernandez, 27 (1)
3. David Price, 25 (4)
4. CC Sabathia, 15
5. Brett Anderson, 10 (2)
6. Justin Verlander, 5
7. Francisco Liriano, 4
8. Dan Haren, 3
9. John Danks and Jered Weaver, 1

Take: The King named on the most ballots (11), but Lester cleans up in first-place votes.

NL Cy Young (5-3-1)

Halladay
Halladay
1. Roy Halladay, 53 (11)
2. Tim Lincecum, 23 (1)
3. Josh Johnson, 12 (1)
4. Cliff Lee, 9
5. Ubaldo Jimenez and Clayton Kershaw, 6
7. Cole Hamels, 5 (1)
8. Yovani Gallardo, 3
9. Chris Carpenter, 2
10. Matt Garza and Carlos Zambrano, 1

Take: Halladay named on every ballot, while Lincecum was the only other pitched named on more than four.

AL Rookie of the Year (5-3-1)
Hellickson
Hellickson
1. Jeremy Hellickson, 44 (6)
2. Michael Pineda, 23 (1)
3. Jake McGee, 14 (2)
4. Mike Moustakas, 12 (1)
5. J.P. Arencibia, 9 (1)
6. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 8 (1)
7. Kyle Drabek, 7 (1)
8. Jarrod Dyson, 5 (1)

Also receiving votes: Desmond Jennings, Chris Sale, Zach Britton

Take: Hellickson and Pineda both leave spring training with jobs in the starting rotations for the Rays and Mariners.

NL Rookie of the Year (5-3-1)
Freeman
Freeman
1. Freddie Freeman, 43 (5)
2. Brandon Belt, 38 (5)
3. Aroldis Chapman, 21 (3)
4. Domonic Brown, 9 (1)
5. Craig Kimbrel, 8
6. Mike Minor, 4
7. Brandon Beachy, 3

Take: Will first sackers Freeman and Belt battle it out for rookie honors? The Braves have an impressive four rookies getting votes.