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Senior MLB writer Ken Rosenthal predicts the award winners in the American League and find out which team will be in the 2009 World Series.
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However a lot of Randy Sparage award talkin' baseball pleasure to have foxsports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal -- in studio. I don't -- very already doing great great to have you here we're gonna put Kenny out of the spot. And get his American League predictions that we'll start -- most viable player last year the what to Boston's little big man Dustin Pedroia so who's going to win the trophy this season. Randy if the Cleveland Indians had been a better team last season. Grady Sizemore might have won this award then he had a 3030 campaign played center field played every day outstanding talent. I'm not sure the Indians are going be that much better this season with their rotation. But I love sideline and I believe he's going to be the MVP this season. Watch him you -- the hearts and that's one Indian worth watching of course that indians' lefty Cliff Lee came out of nowhere last year going 22 and three. When the American League's cy young award do you see anyone else popping up this year for that will. Well there's one guy who is in the running every single season and that is Blue Jays righthander Roy Halladay. He is my pick this year he would might think of last year he is basically let's pick every year. Here's a guy who gives the Blue Jays to a 120 innings plus the season. He pitches in the toughest division in baseball the American League east and does extremely well each year. Really it takes a shocking you like Cliff Lee had -- -- Roy Halladay. Like him again this season. The AL place as Bruce last two rookies of the year talking about. Pedroia in Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in -- -- can make it three -- certainly a possibility because. There are two great candidates that could emerge in the American League east. One of course we saw him last October mr. David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. He is someone who obviously if he is in the rotation will be a very strong candidate for this award. The other player to watch in that division is Orioles catcher Matt we're. He is looked at as the game's next great catching prospect. He's a big guys switch hitter some similarities to Varitek given that they both attended Georgia Tech. But I'm not going with either price or waiters the reason is both figure to start in the minor leagues. Elvis Andrews on the other hand the rangers' young shortstop will be in their lineup from opening day. He plays -- up the middle position. He's going hit a little bit and defensively. He's going to be outstanding. So I was old Andrews from the Rangers and the American League west so those young guns to watch takes care of the individual awards talk about the team's. We have three division winners. Tampa Bay Rays our team is going to be underestimated again -- and the reason I like them so much is because they're young talent is still getting better. You look at the Yankees you look at the Red Sox for the most part they -- older clubs and there's not much up side there. The rays still have it the rays won its division last season. On paper they are even better this year. In a central it's a difficult call very competitive division. But I like the twins Randy. And the reason I like the twins is because they're starting pitchers young and it is. He's a collection of strike throwers that's that you need as a starting point for any division race. The real question of forces will Joe Mauer being healthy. If he's not healthy this is a free for all. The west is an interesting division perhaps a little bit more interest thing that in recent seasons because of what the a's have done this off season. -- Matt Holliday Nomar Garciaparra Orlando Cabrera and Jason Giambi. But their pitching is still awfully young. I like the Angels again in the division it's very difficult not to view. Look at their -- it just admire the way they put this team together year after year after year. Mike Scioscia is fund manager of the year every single season. This team again will win the AL west Buffy like the rays in the east I'm going to have to assume we like the Yankees as a wildcard. -- not out there and vetted Joe -- well not life and certainty surrounding a -- job and even the uncertainty surrounding Iraq what he is president. We will leave me to believe that the Yankees are quite the team that they envision. Yes they're going to be very period may be really really outstanding. But dig -- sense is a real question and we'll have to see how sabathia and Burnett and to share all adjust -- New York. Who knows what -- will be when he returns from his surgery. So right now if I had to choose and I have to use this you don't I would go with the Red Sox who. As well have a series of questions Ortiz J. D. Drew Mike lol John Smoltz Brad Penny right down the line. But I just feel they're a little bit better put together as we speak popular pick against the Yankees that tells me you don't believe in the theory that money. Buy happiness alleged what happened is -- no that it has so what will -- scored the World Series mentally. I've got the race while and I just believe that the rays because of that of that I spoke of earlier on going to be a team that. In the end is best position to win this thing. They've got these young pitching they've got position players like Upton and Crawford were in the primes of their careers. There's really no reason to pick against them. Of course this is. No doubt inviting calamities earlier in Tampa Bay. Can you imagine a year ago at this time if I played of this tape of this segment you picking -- Tampa Bay Rays to go to the World Series. It did not occur it would not have occurred and if you had played a tape this they've been right now. I'd look pretty dumb as they do every year you'd be one and I went back of my talking about getting always great to see you thanks for and it will be talk with you throughout the season for more. Baseball videos make you keep a log out of fox sports that count for Ken Rosenthal already Sparage -- -- --