Andrew’s 2012 MLB Preview And Picks

It’s that time of the year again. Spring training starts to wrap up and teams rosters start to take shape for the season. And every team in the MLB, yes even the Mets, have World Series aspirations. As a new season starts, many players start new chapters to their careers by joining new teams. The big name free agents this offseason are now in new homes. Albert Pujols left the world champion Cardinals and headed west to Hollywood to join the Los Angeles Angels. Joining Albert in L.A. is pitcher C.J. Wilson coming over from Texas. Prince Fielder calls Detroit home now with the Tigers. But one of the biggest changes and moves in baseball was the franchise wide makeover by the Marlins. Moving downtown to a brand new shiny Miami home and changing colors was a start to the changes but not the end. Signing SS Jose Reyes, SP Mark Buehrle, and RP Heath Bell to big deals and getting Ozzy Guillen to manage the new look Marlins as they try to get back to the World Series that they have won two times.

Standings

American League

East

1. New York Yankees

2. Boston Red Sox*

3. Tampa Bay Rays

4. Toronto Blue Jays

5. Baltimore Orioles

Central

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Minnesota Twins

3. Chicago White Sox

4. Cleveland Indians

5. Kansas City Royals

West

1. Los Angeles Angels

2. Texas Rangers*

3. Oakland Athletics

4. Seattle Mariners

 

National League

East

1. Philadelphia Phillies

2. Atlanta Braves*

3. Miami Marlins*

4. Washington Nationals

5. New York Mets

Central

1. St. Louis Cardinals

2. Cincinnati Reds

3. Milwaukee Brewers

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

5. Chicago Cubs

6. Houston Astros

West

1. San Francisco Giants

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

3. Colorado Rockies

4. Los Angeles Dodgers

5. San Diego Padres

 

Playoffs

American League

Wild Card Game

Red Sox over Rangers

 

AL Divisional

Angels over Red Sox

Yankees over Tigers

 

AL Championship

Angels over Yankees

 

National League

Wild Card

Marlins over Braves

 

NL Divisional

Giants over Marlins

Phillies over Cardinals

 

NL Championship

Phillies over Giants

 

World Series

Angels over Phillies

 

Awards

AL MVP- Albert Pujols 1B Los Angeles Angels

Other Candidates- Robinson Cano 2B New York Yankees, Prince Fielder 1B Detroit Tigers

 

AL Cy Young Award- Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers

Other Candidates- CC Sabathia New York Yankees, Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners

 

NL MVP- Matt Kemp OF Los Angeles Dodgers

Other Candidates- Joey Votto 1B Cincinnati Reds, Justin Upton OF Arizona Diamondbacks

 

NL Cy Young Award- Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies

Other Candidates- Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies, Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants

by Andrew Isaac

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