Staff Predictions for the 2012 MLB Season
The MLB season starts tomorrow (not including those ridiculous Japan games) and the Yankees Fans Unite staff has made their predictions on the standings and awards for the 2012 MLB season. The awards will be posted tomorrow. We did the AL only since that’s what we focus on most with the Yankees.
AL East: Well let’s get this out of the way early since I know everybody is wondering. It is almost unanimous among the staff that the Yankees will win the AL East. Myself, Matt S, Mike D, Brian, Fish and Delia all have the Yankees taking the division. Mike P stands alone in taking the Rays. Mike P’s reasoning is that he thinks the Rays have the best rotation in MLB, enough hitting to support them, and they have great prospects to help them once August rolls around. Everybody who picked the Yankees likes the balance of their team among the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen and think they are no worse than their 97 win team from a year ago.
AL Central: This division the staff has unanimously picked the Detroit Tigers as expected. Everybody likes the firepower that Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Justin Verlander provide. Everybody is in agreement that the Indians, Royals, Twins, and White Sox provide no competition. I myself would be surprised if they do not win the AL central by close to 20 games.
AL West: The majority of the staff thinks the Texas Rangers will repeat as AL West champions. Among them are Mike P, Matt S, Fish, Brian, Delia and Mike D. I am alone on buying the Angels hype machine to take the AL West. I think the starting staff of Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, C.J. Wilson, and Ervin Santana is a big advantage over Texas as I do not trust Derrick Holland and Colby Lewis to put up great years. Also, I think Pujols will improve everybody on the offense by his presence alone. Having perhaps the best manager in MLB in Mike Scoscia doesn’t hurt either. The rest of the staff is respecting that the Rangers have been to the World Series the last 2 years. Delia loves the addition of Yu Darvish. Mike P thinks they have the best lineup in MLB. Fish almost agrees with me as he sees both teams winning around 95 games. Mike D thinks the depth of the Rangers lineup will allow them to prevail.
Mike P is the only staff member who has the Red Sox making the playoffs and the only one who does not have the Yankees making even the ALDS. A one game playoff between the Yankees and Red Sox would be pretty epic. I can see why the staff is down on the Red Sox with holes at SS, RF, C, the back end of their rotation, and their bullpen. Myself, Matt S, and Delia believe that the Rays pitching will carry them in a one game playoff situation. Fish and Mike D think similarly of the Angels.
Matt B: Tigers over Reds. Fish: Phillies over Yankees. Mike D: Angels over Phillies. Matt S:. Yankees over Diamondbacks. Brian: Yankees over Phillies. Mike P: Rangers over Diamondbacks. Delia: Yankees over Phillies.
The Yankees are the most popular World Series pick with Matt S, Delia, and Brian taking them. Obviously we all hope they turn out to be correct. We had a wide variety of picks to come out of the NL, which makes sense because of how wide open it is. The Phillies are the most popular pick followed by the Diamondbacks getting two votes. I am the only one predicting the Reds to come out of the NL. We also had a wide variety of teams to win it all with the Tigers, Rangers, Angels, and Phillies being picked in addition to the Yankees. I like the depth surrounding Cabrera, Fielder, and Verlander on the Tigers.
So what do you guys think? Give us your predictions in the comments.
Posted on April 3, 2012, in Personal Opinion and tagged Angels, Boston Red Sox, C.J. Wilson, Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera, New York Yankees, Prince Fielder, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Yu Darvish. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.