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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 16: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros fields a ball in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Who is your MVP pick for the American League and National League, and who are your CY Young picks for the American League and National League?

Rylan Stiles (@Rylan_Stiles): For the American League, my Most Valuable Player pick is Houston Astros third basemen, Alex Bregman. Bregman is coming off an offseason in which he not only signed a 100 million dollar extension with the Houston Astros but started a very successful Youtube channel that gives fans a peek into his life, and other baseball players lives, to feel more connected with players on and off the field. His intensity, his flair, his swagger, and excitement is unmatched, and something that is great for the game of baseball. I have had him pegged as the AL MVP since the start of the offseason, and I think he gets it this year, and will eventually outplay this 100 million contract.

For me, the NL MVP is Paul Goldschmidt, I think he will continue his amazing career to this point but do it in a bigger, better baseball market and for a team that will be contending all year long for a division title and playoff birth.

The CY Young for the American League is going to go to…Blake Snell. A pick of a homer pick, sure, but I think he still has room to grow despite his jaw dropping 2018.

The CY Young for the National League is going to be handed to..Jack Flaherty of the Saint Louis Cardinals. I think the young hurler will dominate in the National League and have an amazing season and lead the Red Birds rotation.

Patrick Davenport (OfficialPatDav): In the American League you can always feel safe putting money on Mike Trout. Until he proves he can have a down year, I see no reason not to pick him for MVP.

For National League MVP the field is far more open. I’m a firm believer in Nolan Arenado’s MVP ability but I feel he would have to record a truly historic season to get over the Coors Field bias. So instead I’m going to pick Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy has always been an awesome hitter but I think he will be even better over in St Louis. He has an arguably better lineup around him and a high potential to win big in a competitive division. AL Cy Young is a fun award to predict. While I think Snell has all the potential to repeat, I think Trevor Bauer is going to devastate hitters this year. He was on the verge of greatness in 2018 until he got injured and he seems to have only got better over the offseason. Watch out for the Twitter Troll in 2019. In the NL I’m going with another safe pick and that is Max Scherzer. Every year he completely wipes out everyone he faces and is a strikeout master. Just like with Trout, until he seems like he can be touched, I wouldn’t bet against him.

Heather Stowe (@Chloeontherocks): AL MVP: Alex Bregman. AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander. NL MVP: Bryce Harper. NL CY Young: Max Scherzer.

Austin Riemann (@Riemann_Austin):

NL MVP: Baez (If the Cubs are going to succeed in the crowded NL Central, it is going to be in large part due to Javy)
NL Cy Young: Scherzer (He has been too good for too long for me not to expect him to win)

AL MVP: Trout (C’mon now, he is the best player in the sport… and it isn’t even close)
AL Cy Young: Snell (I have said it before, his stuff is too pure for him to not dominate the way he did in 2018)

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