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Laying Out Predictions for the 2012 Season



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    Koji Uehara (left) and the Texas Rangers are spraying bubbly here after defeating the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS -- but you probably didn't know they took off their game spikes so they wouldn't get ruined beforehand, something they've taken to doing in connection with their "beer showers."

    Some friends and I have done this every year for quite some time. Here's the idea, just pick the order of finish in each MLB division along with some postseason awards and some off-the-wall categories, and there you have it, your MLB predictions.

    It's always fun to take a look back in October to see who's the smartest. It can also be depressing to look back three days after the season starts like last season when I picked Manny Ramirez as my AL Comeback Player of the Year. Oops.

    Here goes nothing:

    NL WEST- Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres
    NL CENTRAL- Reds, Cardinals, Brewers, Pirates, Cubs, Astros
    NL EAST- Phillies, Nationals, Braves, Marlins, Mets
    AL WEST- Rangers, Angels, Mariners, Athletics
    AL CENTRAL- Tigers, Indians, Royals, Twins, White Sox
    AL EAST- Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles

    Wildcard Winners
    NL- D-Backs over Cardinals
    AL- Angels over Rays

    Playoff Predictions:
    NL Divisional- Giants over Reds
    NL Divisional- Phillies over D-Backs
    AL Divisional- Rangers over Tigers
    AL Divisional- Yankees over Angels
    NLCS- Phillies over Giants
    ALCS- Rangers over Yankees
    World Series- Rangers over Phillies

    Postseason Awards
    NL MVP- Joey Votto
    AL MVP- Ian Kinsler
    NL Cy Young- Clayton Kershaw
    AL Cy Young- Justin Verlander
    NL ROY- Bryce Harper
    AL ROY- Matt Moore
    NL Manager of Year- Dusty Baker
    AL Manager of Year- Ron Washington
    NL Comeback Player- Buster Posey
    AL Comeback Player- Kendrys Morales

    Misc. Predictions
    First Manager to get fired- Bobby Valentine
    Biggest name to be traded- Alfonso Soriano
    Player with most HRs- Joey Bautista
    Someone linked to steroids for first time - Albert Pujols
    First pitcher to require Tommy John surgery -- Luke Hochevar
    Most wins at All-Star break – Tigers
    AL All-star game starter – CC Sabathia
    NL All-star game starter- Roy Halladay
    Closer with most saves -- Brian Wilson
    First team to clinch playoff spot- Tigers
    How many wins for Mets – 57
    BOLD PREDICTION: Not sure if this qualifies as bold, but I'll say Ichiro hits under .280 again.