Thursday, October 4, 2012

My 2012 MLB Season Predictions in Review

At the end of the regular season for the sports I follow, I always like to take a look back at my pre-season predictions to see how dumb or smart I was. Now is that time for MLB. How dumb/smart was I at the start of the season? Let's take a look.

AL Predictions:

I got 2 of the 3 division winners correct with the Yankees and Tigers. I missed on the Rangers winning the AL West, despite them being the wildcard, and I totally struck out on both the Angels and Rays, but then again, most people did. I grossly underrated the A's, O's, and White Sox, but again, I think most people did, so I won't hit myself for that. I overrated Toronto, Kansas City, and Cleveland to a pretty decent degree, though. I think I was pretty much on the ball with the American League.

NL Predictions:

Because I love to self-promote, I did pick the Nats to make the playoffs. Yes, I did pick them as the 2nd wild card, but not many people had them in the postseason. I had the Cardinals winning the Central, and they are the second wild card, and I also predicted the Giants to win the NL West. I missed badly on both Milwaukee and Philly (and I'm not complaining about the latter). I underrated the Braves and Reds mostly, and overrated Philly and Milwaukee. I was not suckered in by the Marlins, thankfully.

AL Award Winners (with postseason comments in brackets):

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera (Hey, don't I look pretty smart now? Although, I think Mike Trout will win)

AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver (Another one where I feel I might have hit the nail. Has competition, though)
Manager: Joe Maddon (The Buck Truck surely ran him over, right?)
Rookie: Matt Moore (This pick stinks like a fish)
Comeback: Joe Nathan (Another possible award winner here, but I'm not so sure)
HR Champ: Jose Bautista (The guy I picked for MVP won the Triple Crown, so I'm wrong)

NL Award Winners (with postseason comments in brackets):

NL MVP: Ryan Zimmerman (Highly unlikely he wins it, but good season for him)
NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum (Whoops)
Manager: Davey Johnson (Another award that really worked out well for me)
Rookie: Drew Pomeranz (About that Bryce Harper kid...)
Comeback: Adam Wainwright (No chance)
HR Champ: Mike (Giancarlo) Stanton (His season went much like the Marlins season did)

Since I am posting this prior to the Wild Card Games, I should remind you all that my World Series pick was Tigers over Giants, so I'm on the right track. That one, I'll most certainly screw up, though.

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