Two blogs in one week! Continuing my United Cardinals Bloggers Predictions assignment I am taking my predictions thread to another level. Here are my 2012 MLB award and playoff predictions.
AL Cy Young and MVP: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers. Does anybody really know how good this guy is? With the steroid era officially gone, pitching dominates this year. I hope he gets his perfect game this year, but count on 22 wins from the Tigers ace. He is that important to his team to win them both.
AL Rookie of the Year: Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays. It’s a year of the pitcher and Moore becomes the Rays number 2 starter.
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland Indians. Colorado gave up on him a bit too quick and he will flourish and be loved in the City of Cleveland.
NL MVP: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals. This happens because Holliday shows he is the best player on the best team in the National League. His .336 avg., 109 runs, 38 HRs and 123 RBIs should cover it.
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. I think he is amazing. Tim Lincecum wins the regular season and one game wild card, but Kershaw gets the Cy. 23 wins help him carry the Dodgers.
NL Rookie of the Year: Yonder Alonso, San Diego Padres. He will be the one bright light in a dim year for San Diego. Don’t think there is a big NL crop to choose from.
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Josh Johnson, Miami Marlins/Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals. This being a big year for pitchers, and I think both will have great years. Wainwright’s is more essential to his team’s success but Johnson may have better numbers.
AL Playoffs: Tampa Bay beats Cleveland handily in a one game playoff for the wild card. Boston edges Texas and Detroit handles Tampa Bay in the Divisional Series. Detroit beats Boston in six games to reach the World Series.
NL Playoffs: San Francisco over Los Angeles in a pitchers duel. Atlanta edges Arizona and St. Louis beats a worn out Giants team in the Divisional Series. St. Louis beats Atlanta in 5 with a somewhat easy road to the World Series.
World Series: Prince Fielder goes off, Justin Verlander reminds everyone how good he is and besides a couple more Cardinals post season heroics, Detroit takes the World Series in 6. Prince wins the World Series MVP.