Joey Votto and Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera might actually win the AL Triple Crown and Votto might actually have a better season than Albert Pujols. I don’t know which one is more impressive. I’m guessing Pujols will come on strong in the second half. Because he’s Albert Pujols. But for now Votto is the man in the National League. Cabrera is edging out Justin Morneau and Josh Hamilton for now in the AL.
Josh Johnson and Cliff Lee.
I’m surprised that Johnson has snuck under the radar compared to Ubaldo Jimenez and Roy Halladay, but he also hasn’t thrown a no-hitter or perfect game this year yet. Johnson just happens to have better stats for now. I could have gone with a bunch of guys for the AL Cy Young, but Lee is just as good as David Price, Andy Pettitte, Jon Lester, Jered Weaver, etc. And he just switched teams, so I hope he has a big impact on the Rangers.
Rookie of the Year
Jaime Garcia and Brennan Boesch.
Garcia doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts, but he’s the best statistical rookie pitcher (sorry Mike Leake and Stephen Strasburg). He edges out Gaby Sanchez of the Marlins. Boesch has a lead over his teammate Austin Jackson in the AL.
See you in a few months.
EDIT: I just realized (via OPRJ) that I picked everyone that Jayson Stark did. Dunno what that means. I feel slightly embarrassed.