2012 MLB Season Predictions

By: Matt Rappa
It's always fun to ponder what the upcoming MLB season will bring. Here are my predictions:

American League

AL East winner – Yankees
AL Central winner – Tigers
AL West winner – Angels
AL Wild Card Teams (2) – Red Sox, Rangers

AL MVP – Prince Fielder
AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander
AL Rookie of the Year – Cespedes
AL Manager of the Year – Ned Yost

National League

NL East winner – Phillies 
NL Central winner – Reds
NL West winner – Diamondbacks
NL Wild Card Teams (2) – Marlins, Giants

NL MVP – Hunter Pence
NL Cy Young – Roy Halladay
NL Rookie of the Year – Yonder Alonso
NL Manager of the Year – Dale Sveum

World Series matchup – Phillies, Angels
World Series champion and # of games – Phillies, 5

Phillies Predictions

Total number of Phillies wins – 95
What date does Ryan Howard return to the Phillies lineup (if at all) – 6/8/12
Which Phillies ace has most wins and how many – Roy Halladay 21
To follow up "Good game, let's go eat," what will be Hunter Pence's next catchphrase? –
"Let's have a parade."

Matt Rappa is a Contributor for Philliedelphia.com. You can follow him on Twitter @mattrappa.