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Predictions for 2012 MLB Award Winners

With over 1,280 active players in Major League Baseball, one would think choosing the award winners would be a daunting task. There are so many stand-out players in baseball that the choice of picking who is the best is not a tough choice.

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

With rankings in the top five for the last three years in AL MVP voting, you think it’s about time Miguel Cabrera finally wins an AL MVP award? Cabrera was edged out by his fellow Tigers teammate Justin Verlander last year, so this year has to be his year. Cabrera lead the league in average last year hitting .344 and clocking 30 home runs, so he’s no slouch. The Tigers added Prince Fielder to their lineup which should give Cabrera more opportunities for RBI’s. Although he moves to third base, Cabrera should be a hands down choice for MVP this year.

 

NL MVP: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

With both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder leaving the NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds should have a prime opportunity to take the division crown this year. Votto, already an NL MVP in 2010, is an all around great hitter who should not fail to impress the masses this year. Last year’s winner, Ryan Braun, is facing the aftermath of his overturned suspension and that might be a distraction on his part. Votto has great protection in his lineup which should give him the edge, and with a brand new contract in hand, he really has nothing to lose.

 

AL CY YOUNG: Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Justin Verlander won not only the AL CY Young last year, but he was also named the AL MVP. So you might call me crazy not picking Verlander to repeat as winner; if I had to pick a second it would be him. While he is ridiculously good, so is Jered Weaver. Last year the Angels had the best pitching staff in terms of ERA in the AL and they were in the top 10 for fielding in the league. The Angels also added Albert Pujols to their lineup, so his bat and glove should give Weaver the protection he needs to finally win a Cy Young.

 

NL CY YOUNG: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

What can you say about Roy Halladay that hasn’t already been said before? If you are looking for a steady hand in baseball, Doc Halladay is your guy. With the exception of Tim Lincecum in 2008 and 2009, the NL Cy Young has fluctuated between pitchers over the years. Look for Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and last year’s winner, Clayton Kershaw, to give Halladay a run for his money this year.

 

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Alright, so Darvish has been pitching professionally in Japan since 2005, but the arrival of this foreign star should make waves in the league this year. When one pays a $50 million posting fee for a player, that player better step up his game! Darvish was an ace in Japan going 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA to boot. Now the transition from Japan to America has never been easy for many players, but Darvish truly looks to succeed over here.  Though of the Japanese players to come over recently have not lived up to their hype like Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kosuke Fukudome, but at 25 years old Darvish is the age of most rookies in Major League Baseball, and I believe he will in fact dominate the league quickly.

 

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

The Phenom, the Natural, the best amateur baseball player ever. Bryce Harper has brought upon his own cult status over the years as being one of the best drafted players of all time. Well when you are 19 and have your own Wikipedia page, you’re kind of a big deal. Harper was drafted number one overall in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft as a catcher, but most experts believe he will play a corner outfield position. The Nationals have sent Harper down to the minors before the season started, but look for him to get called up very soon and take a hold of the National League. Look out for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo to make a splash later in the season, as well.

 

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2012 Baseball Predictions

The dawn of April means one thing; Major League Baseball has returned! As every new season starts, every team’s season begins with a clean slate. No one is in last place, everyone is in first place with a chance to win. With a thrilling end to the 2011 season and a very active offseason, the 2012 season looks to be one for the record books.

Last year my friends and I had picked who we thought would win the World Series. Well let’s just say my prediction of the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies was just a tad bit off, not to mention I picked the Atlanta Braves to win the National League Wild Card, so my luck wasn’t very good last year. I have taken a step back this year and decided to be a bit more careful with all my picks. These picks will be on record, so if I crash and burn as I did last year there will be evidence to enforce that. But I feel these picks are quite concrete this year and will help me win bragging rights among my peers.


AL EAST

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays (AL Wild Card)

Boston Red Sox

Toronto Blue Jays

Baltimore Orioles

 

AL CENTRAL

Detroit Tigers

Cleveland Indians

Kansas City Royals

Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins

 

AL WEST

Texas Rangers

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (AL Wild Card)

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

 

AL Wild-Card Game

Rays over Angels

 

AL DIVISION SERIES

Rangers over Yankees

Tigers over Rays

 

ALCS

Rangers over Tigers

 

 

 

NL EAST

Philadelphia Phillies

Miami Marlins (NL Wild Card)

Atlanta Braves

Washington Nationals

New York Mets

 

NL CENTRAL

Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates

Houston Astros

 

NL WEST

Arizona Diamondbacks

San Francisco Giants (NL Wild Card)

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

Colorado Rockies

 

NL WILD-CARD GAME

Giants over Marlins

 

NL DIVISION SERIES

Diamondbacks over Reds

Giants over Phillies

 

NLCS

Diamondbacks over Giants

 

 

 

 

WORLD SERIES

Rangers over Diamondbacks

 

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