Adam Gonsiewski’s MLB 2012 Predictions

2012 MLB Season Predictions

 

American League

 

AL East winner – NY Yankees

AL Central winner – Detroit Tigers

AL West winner – Los Angeles Angels

AL Wild Card Teams (2) – Texas Rangers, Tampa Rays

 

AL MVP – Albert Pujols

AL Cy Young – Jered Weaver

AL Rookie of the Year – Matt Moore

AL Manager of the Year – John Farrell

 

National League

 

NL East winner – Phillies

NL Central winner – St Louis Cardinals

NL West winner – San Francisco Giants

NL Wild Card Teams (2) – Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins

 

NL MVP – Hanley Ramirez  

NL Cy Young – Cole Hamels

NL Rookie of the Year – Bryce Harper (will be recalled in May)

NL Manager of the Year – Davey Johnson

 

World Series matchup – Phillies v Tigers

World Series champion and # of games – Phillies in 6

 

Phillies predictions

 

Total number of Phillies wins – 98

 

What date does Ryan Howard return to the Phillies lineup (if at all) – July 12 (post-ASB game)

 

Which Phillies ace has most wins and how many – Cole Hamels: 19

 

To follow up "Good game, let's go eat," what will be Hunter Pence's next catchphrase? -  “I want to retire a Phillie.”

What date does Chase Utley return to the Phillies lineup (if at all)? : April 9

 

Follow-up Thoughts: The NL East is going to be one of the most competitive divisions in baseball this year. Although injury-plagued and lacking key pieces to their lineup, the Phillies possess the best rotation in all of baseball, which is why I expect them to win the division. However, the revamped Miami Marlins and a talented Washington Nationals team will make for some exciting divisional matchups, in addition to an Atlanta Braves squad that finished with 89 wins in 2011 despite an abysmal September collapse. While NL East teams are going to "beat up on each other" in the standings, they have the potential to dominate teams outside of their division. Which is why I believe both NL Wild Card teams will come from the East. In the American League, I believe the standings will play out fairly similar to 2011, with the exception of the Los Angeles Angels. The addition of Albert Pujols gives them an opportunity to take back the AL West crown.