Diamond Hoggers 2012 Season Predictions Post

Tonight is Opening Night of the 2012 MLB season. How hard is that to believe? In honor of the special day which is similar to a second Christmas Eve, we make our picks on all things baseball so we can look back and see how everyone did at season’s end. Here’s our 2011 predictions. Last year was hit and miss, but we feel much more educated for this year. Here’s how I see things in baseball shaking out in 2012:

American League

AL East:
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays*
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore Orioles

AL Central:
Detroit Tigers
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Cleveland Indians
Minnesota Twins

AL West:
Anaheim Angels
Texas Rangers*
Seattle Mariners
Oakland A’s

National League

NL East:
Miami Marlins
Atlanta Braves
Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals
New York Mets

NL Central:
Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers*
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros

NL West:
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies*
Arizona DiamondBacks
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres

* Denotes Wildcard teams

Playoffs:
Wildcard Games:
Texas Rangers over Toronto Blue Jays
Colorado Rockies over Milwaukee Brewers

Wild Card Round:
New York Yankees over Texas Rangers
Anaheim Angels over Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds over Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants over Miami Marlins

ALCS/NLCS:
Anaheim Angels over New York Yankees in 6 games
San Francisco Giants over Cincinnati Reds in 6 games

World Series:
Anaheim Angels over San Francisco Giants in 5 games

AL MVP: Albert Pujols, Anaheim Angels
NL MVP: Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
AL CY YOUNG: Jered Weaver, Anaheim Angels
NL CY YOUNG: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Ike Davis, New York Mets
AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell, Toronto Blue Jays
NL Manager of the Year: Ozzie Guillen, Miami Marlins
AL Rookie of the Year: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
NL Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Team that will most resemble Cinderella: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Manager first fired/hot-seat: Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins
NL Manager first fired/hot-seat: Brad Mills, Houston Astros
AL Team Worst Record: Minnesota Twins
NL Team Worst Record: Houston Astros

Other Notable Predictions:

Hardball Talk

Jayson Stark

Sports Illustrated

ESPN

Yahoo Sports (Tim Brown, Steve Henson, Jeff Passan)

Scott Miller, CBS Sports

Fake Teams

FanGraphs

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