Another MVP for A-Rod?

BOB ELLIOT

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

We have a slam dunk in the American League when it comes to MVP voting.

While New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez should be an easy winner, the National League is a different story as the weekend began in a vacuum of four how-will-they-finish races.

Baseball Writers of America Association voters don't have to make up their mind until Sunday night and it may take until the final pitch/swing of the season for a winner -- which will be announced in November -- to be declared.

If the Philadelphia Phillies reach post-season play we'll take shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

If it's the Colorado Rockies, we'll take outfielder Matt Holliday.

And if it's the Milwaukee Brewers, then Prince Fielder will be the king.

And if none of the above make it? Well, then we'd probably go with Rollins. He has started every game, running up offensive numbers (208 hits, 20 triples, 30 homers, 91 RBIs and 37 steals) to back up his spring training talk of catching the New York Mets. And he has a higher average away from Citizens Bank Park than at home.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez leads in homers (53), RBIs (151) and boos.

Boston pitcher Josh Beckett has 20 wins, but take away wins and losses and the Cleveland Indians' C.C. Sabathia has him topped in every category. Plus, Sabathia went 5-1 against Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander and Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana.

A year ago we were 6-for-8 in picking the awards, so here we go, the AL envelopes please:

NL MVP

1. Rodriguez; 2. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers; 3. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels; 4. Victor Martinez, Indians; 5. Jorge Posada, Yankees;

AL CY YOUNG AWARD

1. Sabathia; 2. Beckett; 3. Erik Bedard, Orioles.

AL ROOKIE

1. Delmon Young, Devil Rays; Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox; 3. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox.

AL MANAGER

1. Eric Wedge, Indians; 2. Joe Torre, Yankees; 3. Mike Scioscia, Angels.

NL MVP

1. Rollins; 2. Holliday; 3. Fielder; 4. David Wright, New York Mets; 5. Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks;

NL CY YOUNG

1. Jake Peavy, Padres; 2. Aaron Harang, Reds; 3. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks.

NL ROOKIE

1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies; 2. Ryan Braun, Brewers; 3. Tim Lincecum, Giants.

NL MANAGER

1. Bob Melvin, Diamondbacks; 2. Lou Piniella, Cubs; 3. Charlie Manuel, Phillies.


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