2012 MLB Predictions
A new baseball season begins this Wednesday at 6:10 am, when the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners begin a two game series in Tokyo, Japan. It has been a long offseason and everyone is ready for another great season. It was a busy offseason as we witnessed future hall of famer Albert Pujols leave the St.Louis Cardinals head West to join the Los Angeles Angels on a 10 year, $240 million dollar contract. Not only did the Angels sign Pujols, but within 24 hours, they had also locked up former Texas Rangers ace C.J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5 million dollar contract. The Angels go from a borderline playoff team to a powerhouse in the AL and an immediate World Series contender. Also, the Angels weren’t the only team making multiple big flashy moves, the team formerly known as the Florida Marlins, now the Miami Marlins made three big free agent signings to help them contend in the NL East and try to get back into the playoff race.
The Marlins signed former New York Mets superstar shortstop Jose Reyes to a six year, $110 million dollar contract. They also signed former Chicago Whitesox ace Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million dollar deal. Last but not least, they signed former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million dollar deal. With these moves, the Marlins get one of the best hitters and defensive stars in the game in Jose Reyes to play shortstop, which moves the star shortstop already there in Hanley Ramirez to third base. It allows them to take a very solid pitcher from the AL in Buehrle and get him to the NL and move him to the number two spot in the rotation behind ace Josh Johnson. They also get one of the best closers in the game and can move last years closer, Leo Nunez to the set up role to give them a very solid eighth and ninth inning relief men.
Enough with the Angels and Marlins though, the Texas Rangers would sign superstar pitcher in Japan, Yu Darvish to a six-year, $56 million dollar contract after winning the rights to negotiate a deal with him when they posted a $51 million dollar big to Darvish’s old team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The New York Yankees would go on to trade big time catching prospect Miguel Montero to the Seattle Mariners for young stud pitcher Michael Pineda, who was a rookie in 2011. The Yankees also signed for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Hiroki Kuroda to a one year, $10 million dollar contract. The Detroit Tigers signed former Milwaukee Brewers superstar slugging first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million dollar contract after their everyday DH Victor Martinez tore his ACL in a winter league game, and with the signing of Fielder, the Tigers will move Miguel Cabrera back to third base where he played with the Marlins before being traded to Detroit in 2007 and moving to first base.
Now after recapping all the major news of the offseason, let’s get to my predictions for the 2012 season. I will predict every teams record, the LDS, LCS, and World Series. Also, I will make my predictions on all the major awards winners. So let’s get to it, here are my 2012 MLB predictions, feel free to leave a comment if you feel differently about any of my choices.
1.Tampa Bay Rays (95-67)
2.New York Yankees (94-68) WC2*
3.Boston Redsox (92-70)
4.Toronto Blue Jays (85-77)
5.Baltimore Orioles (66-96)
1.Detroit Tigers (95-67)
2.Cleveland Indians (84-78)
3.Kansas City Royals (81-81)
4.Chicago Whitesox (79-83)
5.Minnesota Twins (77-85)
1.Los Angeles Angels (100-62)
2.Texas Rangers (94-68) WC*
3.Oakland A’s (76-86)
4.Seattle Mariners (70-92)
1.Miami Marlins (92-70)
2.Philadelphia Phillies (90-72) WC*
3.Washington Nationals (89-73)
4.Atlanta Braves (85-77)
5.New York Mets (76-86)
1.Milwaukee Brewers (91-71)
2.Cincinnati Reds (89-73)
3.St.Louis Cardinals (87-75)
4.Pittsburgh Pirates (77-85)
5.Chicago Cubs (68-94)
6.Houston Astros (58-104)
1.San Francisco Giants (92-70)
2.Arizona Diamondbacks (89-73) WC2*
3.Los Angeles Dodgers (86-76)
4.Colorado Rockies (76-86)
5.San Diego Padres (67-95)
AL WC Play In: Texas Rangers defeat New York Yankees
NL WC Play In: Philadelphia Phillies defeat Arizona Diamondbacks
ALDS: Tampa Bay Rays defeat Texas Rangers in 5 games, 3-2.
ALDS: Los Angeles Angels defeat Detroit Tigers in 4 games, 3-1.
NLDS: Miami Marlins defeat Philadelphia Phillies in 5 games, 3-2.
NLDS: San Francisco Giants defeat Milwaukee Brewers in 5 games, 3-2.
ALCS: Los Angeles Angels defeat Tampa Bay Rays in 7 games, 4-3.
NLCS: San Francisco Giants defeat Miami Marlins in 6 games, 4-2.
World Series: Los Angeles Angels defeat San Francisco Giants in 7 games, 4-3.
AL MVP: Los Angeles Angels 1B Albert Pujols. Honorable Mention: Redsox 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Rays 3B Evan Longoria, Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista, Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre.
NL MVP: Los Angeles Dodgers CF Matt Kemp. HM: Philadelphia Phillies RF Hunter Pence, Marlins RF Mike Stanton and 3B Hanley Ramirez, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman, Arizona Diamondbacks RF Justin Upton, Milwaukee Brewers LF Ryan Braun, Reds 1B Joey Votto, Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki and LF Carlos Gonzalez.
AL Cy Young: Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander. HM: Yankees SP CC Sabathia, Redsox SP Jon Lester, Rays SP’s David Price, James Shields, and Matt Moore, Mariners SP Felix Hernandez, Angels SP’s Jered Weaver and Dan Haren.
NL Cy Young: Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw. HM: Philadelphia Phillies SP’s Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, Milwaukee Brewers SP’s Zack Greinke and Yovani Gallardo, San Francisco Giants SP’s Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy.
AL Rookie Of The Year: Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore. HM: Oakland A’s OF Yoenis Cespedes, Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish, Los Angeles Angels RF Mike Trout, Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero.
NL Rookie Of The Year: Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz. HM: Nationals RF Bryce Harper, Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cosart and C Devin Mesoraco, Cardinals SP Shelby Miller, Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer.
AL Comeback Player Of The Year: Los Angeles Angels 1B/DH Kendrys Morales. HM: Boston Redsox LF Carl Crawford and 3B Kevin Youkilis, Twins C Joe Mauer, Whitesox 1B/DH Adam Dunn.
NL Comeback Player Of The Year: St.Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright. HM: New York Mets 1B Ike Davis and SP Johan Santana, Marlins SP Josh Johnson, Giants C Buster Posey.
AL Manager Of The Year: Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia. HM: Rays Joe Maddon, Rangers Ron Washington, Tigers Jim Leyland.
NL Manager Of The Year: Miami Marlins Ozzie Guillen. HM: Giants Bruce Bochy, Brewers Ron Roenicke, Nationals Davey Johnson.