Let's get going on predictions for the season, starting with the AL (with the NL coming tomorrow):
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Angels
AL Wild Card: Yankees
AL Champ: Tigers
Notes: My only real issue here is leaving the Indians out. One of the best subplots -- if not the best subplot -- of the season will be the race between Boston, New York, Cleveland and Detroit for three playoff spots. All through the offseason, I have been admiring the Tigers' aggressive moves, in the face of dominance by the Red Sox. Hard to stop Detroit's lineup.
MVP: Miguel Cabrera
Cy: Francisco Liriano
Rookie: Clay Buchholz
Manager: Jim Leyland
Notes: Picking Cabrera for MVP tracks with picking Detroit to win the AL pennant. But surrounded by the lineup he is in, at the stage of his growth he is at, taking on what seems to be a sub-par group of AL pitchers (compared to the NL), he should have a monster year.
(Picking Liriano to win the Cy is a nod to the lack of depth of star pitchers in the AL, along with a nod to the longtime Quickie readers who were with me in the Summer of Liriano back in 2006, when he wasn't just the best rookie pitcher, but the best pitcher in baseball.)
Let me open it up to you: Who are your picks to win the divisions and to pick up the individual awards in the American League? Leave them in the Comments. I will post them as often as I can.