Each week, I am participating in the 2008 MLB Blog Poll at RotoJunkie.com. Below are my current votes for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. These votes will be tabulated among other votes from other blogs to create a running master list of voting as the year progresses
1. RF Milton Bradley, TEX: The story in Texas is Josh Hamilton and his .318/.366/.596 line, but Bradley blows it away with a .330/.452/.628 line and has the Rangers one game over .500.
2. LF Manny Ramirez, BOS: In David Ortiz’s absence, J.D. Drew has been getting all the ink, and deservedly so. However, Manny’s got a 1.147 OPS in June and is shouldering the load as well.
3. LF Carlos Quentin, CHW: Yeah, pitching’s a big reason why the Pale Hose are in first. Quentin’s 17 homers are two behind Hamilton’s league-leading 19.
Cy Young:
1. SP Cliff Lee, CLE: That ERA’s gone up about a full run, but he’s still the best pitcher in the AL to date with a 10-1, 2.55 ERA record.
2. SP Joe Saunders, LAA: The lefty is making a name for himself with a 3.06 ERA and has added yet another arm to the Angels.
3. SP Roy Halladay, TOR: The ERA’s low, but the team is scuffling, so he’s at 8-6, which voters for the Cy tend to dislike.
Rookie of the Year:
1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS: He’s hitting .281/.363/.399 and has an obscene 33 steals on the season.
2. 3B Evan Longoria, TB: His average is still low at .249 but his OBP and SLG are very strong and looks to be a stud for years to come.
3. SP Nick Blackburn, MIN: Still going strong.
What do you think? Did I do a good job picking the award winners if the season was to end today?