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2012 MLB Predictions

Posted By Christopher Rowe On Apr 2 2012 @ 2:13 am In MLB | 9 Comments

More than ever, it seems anyone’s guess about who will be winners and losers for the upcoming 2012 MLB season. Injuries, weather, schedules, surprise prospects, new stadium effects on statistics, El Nino or barometric pressure indices all have an effect upon whether it becomes a year for pitchers, hitters, baserunners or mascotts. What is certain is that baseball still boasts the longest, most grueling and most relevant proving ground to determine postseason contenders.

MLB’s 162-game schedule is unmatched but this year an extra wildcard team has been added. More importantly the balance of superstars seems to have migrated to the American League while baseball’s worst team resides in the National League (for now). New stars are sure to emerge while new-look teams debut in new stadiums and surprise teams assert their relevance either within their division or across leagues.

Enclosed below you will find my predictions of candidates for Cy Young, MVP and Rookie of the Year Awards. By midseason we will update these and predict possible winners based on performance.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD

American League Contenders:

Prince Fielder, DET  .307 BA, 44 HR, 143 RBI

Albert Pujols, LAA   .300 BA, 38 HR, 140 RBI

Evan Longoria, TBR  .326 BA, 37 HR, 115 RBI

Miguel Cabrera, DET, .320 BA, 42 HR, 140 RBI

Jose Bautista, TOR  .329 BA, 49 HR, 140 RBI

National League MVP Contenders

Joey Votto, CIN   .309 BA, 35 HR, 103 RBI

Troy Tulowitski, COL  .310 BA, 32 HR, 105 RBI

Ryan Braun, MIL  .320 BA, 35 HR, 125 RBI

Matt Kemp, LAD  .325 BA, 40 HR, 130 RBI

Hunter Pence, PHI  .315 BA, 35 HR, 110 RBI

CY YOUNG AWARD

American League Contenders:

Justin Verlander, DET  22-9, 2.50 ERA

Felix Hernandez, SEA  17-12, 3.40 ERA

C.C. Sabathia, NYY  21-10, 3.00 ERA

Jered Weaver, LAA  18-10, 2.41 ERA

James Shields, TBR  17-11, 2.80 ERA

National League Cy Young Award Contenders

Clayton Kershaw, LAD  18-9, 2.33 ERA

Cliff Lee, PHI  21-7, 2.35 ERA

Cole Hamels, PHI  21-10, 2.02 ERA

Roy Halladay, PHI  18-11, 2.37 ERA

Chris Carpenter, STL  17-7, 2.48 ERA

 AL ROOKIE OF YEAR

Yu Darvish, TEX

Yoenis Cespides, OAK

Matt Moore, TBR

NL ROOKIE OF YEAR

Bryce Harper, WAS

Drew Pomerantz, COL

Yonder Alonzo, SDP

2012 FINAL STANDINGS

…and finally… predictions for the 2012 Regular Season Finish. Postseason predictions still to come!

AL East
TEAM Win Pct Wins Losses GB
New York Yankees 0.578 94 68 -
Boston Red Sox 0.549 88 74 6
Tampa Bay Rays 0.534 85 77 9
Toronto Blue Jays 0.479 76 86 18
Baltimore Orioles 0.457 73 89 21
AL Central
TEAM Win Pct Wins Losses GB
Detroit Tigers 0.529 87 75 -
Cleveland Indians 0.503 83 79 4
Chicago White Sox 0.484 80 82 7
Minnesota Twins 0.452 74 88 13
Kansas City Royals 0.421 68 93 18
AL West
TEAM Win Pct Wins Losses GB
Texas Rangers 0.565 93 69 -
Los Angeles Angels 0.548 90 72 3
Oakland Athletics 0.456 73 89 20
Seattle Mariners 0.433 69 93 24
NL East
TEAM Win Pct Wins Losses GB
Philadelphia Phillies 0.542 90 72 -
Miami Marlins 0.542 86 76 4
Atlanta Braves 0.539 86 76 4
Washington Nationals 0.509 81 81 9
New York Mets 0.487 77 85 13
NL Central
TEAM Win Pct Wins Losses GB
St. Louis Cardinals 0.546 90 72 -
Milwaukee Brewers 0.530 88 74 2
Cincinnati Reds 0.522 86 76 4
Chicago Cubs 0.457 74 88 16
Pittsburgh Pirates 0.444 73 89 17
Houston Astros 0.382 61 101 29
NL West
TEAM Win Pct Wins Losses GB
San Francisco Giants 0.528 87 75 -
Arizona Diamondbacks 0.515 84 78 3
San Diego Padres 0.490 79 83 8
Colorado Rockies 0.492 79 83 8
Los Angeles Dodgers 0.483 78 84 9

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