I know everyone is sitting out there wondering just who I would vote for Cy Young and MVP if I had a vote so let me go ahead and put my votes out there so everyone can rest easy.
Let's start with the AL:
MVP - Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
Pedroia was 2nd in the league in batting avg at .326 behind Joe Mauer of the Twins who hit .328. Pedroia also lead the league in Runs (118), hits (213), and doubles (54). In addition to leading the AL in those categories, he was in the top 5 in 7 other offensive categories. It was close but if I was voting I would have to vote for Pedroia.
Cy Young - Cliff Lee (CLE)
The guy went 22-3 on a team that went 81-81. He won 22 of his 31 starts and had an ERA of 2.54 and a WHIP of 1.110. Francisco Rodriguez might have had 62 saves this year and he might have set the single season saves record but in my book he doesn't deserve the Cy Young. As closers go, Mariano Rivera is still better. K-Rod played on an outstanding Angels team and he had many more chances to get saves than Rivera did. In 76 appearances Rodriguez only pitched 68 1/3 innings. Rivera pitched 70 2/3 innings in 13 fewer appearances. Even though Rivera had so many more innings pitched than K-Rod he still managed to give up just 11 earned runs the entire year. The mighty K-Rod gave up 17 earned runs. I don't need to go on further since its my vote and Angles fans are free to vote for K-Rod if they like but I don't think he deserves the award.
Rooke of the Year - Alexei Ramirez (CWS)
It might be a homer pick since I'm from Chicago but I think he deserves it. He hit .290 with 21 HR and a rookie record 4 grand slams this year. His 4th grand slam came in the game against the Tigers that the Sox needed to win to get in to a 1 game playoff against the Twins. He battled all year long on a team that most predicted would finish no better than 3rd in their division. Longoria of the Rays comes in a close 2nd.
Now for the NL:
There are some interesting arguments to be made in the NL for both MVP and Cy Young. Where will Manny and C.C. fit in this year? Did they do enough in their time in the NL to win any awards?
MVP - C.C. Sabathia (MIL)
I think the NL MVP comes down to four players. C.C., Manny, Pujols, and Ryan Howard. Manny I rule out immediately because he flat out quit on the Red Sox just so he could get traded. I don't care how on fire he might have been with the Dodgers, no POS like Manny should win an award in the same year he threw a classic hissy fit to get what he wanted.
Pujols had a great year but the Cardinals didn't make the playoffs. I know it's sacrilidge for a Cubs fan to use making the playoffs as a criteria for MVP since Andre Dawson won the award in '87 while playing on a last place Cubs team but I was only 14 that year and I didn't have a vote so I believe I am free to use helping your team make the playoffs as a valid criteria for MVP voting. Cardinals fans will more than likely disagree with me.
If C.C. doesn't come to the league and go absolutely crazy for the Brewers I think I would vote for Ryan Howard. The guy delivers and he has delivered again this year. The Phils are in the playoffs again and they have already won their first play off game since 1993 as I am writing this. He is an excellent player and the writers probably will make him the MVP despite my vote.
I have to go with C.C. because I don't think any other player (with the exception of that quitter Manny) did more to help their team make the playoffs than C.C. did. When he got to Milwaukee the Brewers were in 3rd place in the division 5 games out of 1st place. He went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA. With out C.C. the Brewers are watching the Mets play the Cubs in the playoffs. I don't believe that he had enough time in the NL to warrant a vote for the Cy Young. Again the writers might go against my wishes here and he may very well win the NL Cy Young but I think he is more deserving of the MVP.
Cy Young - Tim Lincecum (SFG)
While Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks won 22 games this year to Lincecum's 18, Webb did it on a much better team. Winning 20 games usually is a deciding factor in Cy Young voting and the voters will probably disagree with me again here and go with Webb but I believe Lincecum had a better year. Both pitched nearly identical innings this year with Lincecum pitching 227 and Webb pitching 226 2/3 innings. Lincecum had an ERA of 2.62 to Webb's 3.30. Lincecum gave up just 66 ER to Webb's 83. Lincecum gave up 182 hits to Webb's 206.
In addition to those stats, Lincecum also lead the league in strike outs (265), strikeouts/9IP (10.51), and hits allowed/9IP (7.22). He was 2nd in the league in won/loss % (.783), wins (18), and ERA (2.62).
Lincecum had a great year pitching on a terrible Giants team.
Rookie of the Year - Geovany Soto (CHC)
Come on. Is there really even an argument here? This guy had a monster rookie season. He hit .285 with 23 HR and 86 RBI. He was named as the starter on the NL All Star team becoming the first rookie catcher to be named a starter for the NL (Sandy Alomar was the first rookie catcher to start the All Star game for any league in 1990). Soto is hands down the NL Rooke of the Year.
Those are my votes. If you disagree tell me who you would vote for.