MLB 2012 Preview

MIAMI - JUNE 10: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies prepares to hit while taking on the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium on June 10, 2008 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Opening Day is finally here, not including the oversees regular season games only to return to play spring training, with the pageantry and belief from all 30 major league teams that they have the ability of winning the World Series. Fans have hopes and warm feeling about their teams before the dog days of summer and reality sets in.

Baseball has its traditional powerhouse teams but they also have a couple of teams every year that come out of nowhere to make the season interesting. It all boils down to who will be sellers and buyers as the season progresses.

But at the end of the day, one team will stand alone as the World Series Champion and 29 teams will be disappointed.

TheSportsKave baseball preview is below along with our pick to win the World Series and the MVP and Cy Young in each league:

 

American League

Central:

  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Cleveland Indians
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. Minnesota Twins

The Detroit Tigers are just too talented for the rest of this division. They have a solid pitching staff anchored by Justin Verlander and opposing pitchers are going to have to find a way to pitch around Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

West:

  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Los Angeles Angels
  3. Seattle Mariners
  4. Oakland A’s

Texas loses a good player every year and finds a way to win this division and get to the World Series. First it was Cliff Lee and this year its CJ Wilson but the Rangers have replaced Wilson with Yu Darvish who is the real deal. Look for Josh Hamilton to play with something to prove this year.

East:

  1. New York Yankees
  2. Tampa Bay Rays
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Baltimore Orioles

The Yankees are the Yankees. They will be a buyer if needed because they are not afraid to spend money when needed. CC Sabathia will have another workhorse year and Robinson Cano will be the MVP this year.

 

National League

Central:

  1. Cincinnati Reds
  2. Saint Louis Cardinals
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates
  4. Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Chicago Cubs

Mat Latos should be able to make the transition from San Diego just fine and Joey Vatto will be looking to prove he’s worth the contract he just signed. Add the bat and defense of Brando Phillips to the mix and a Central Division title should follow.

West:

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks
  2. San Francisco Giants
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers
  4. Colorado Rockies
  5. San Diego Padres

The Diamondbacks will not sneak up on anyone this year but they shouldn’t have to. They have the pitching of Trevor Cahill and the hitting of Justin Upton to carry them through the year.

East:

  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Miami Marlins
  3. Atlanta Braves
  4. Washington Nationals
  5. New York Mets

Philadelphia will win this division because of excellent pitching led by Roy Halladay, and a healthy Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

 

World Series Prediction:  The Detroit Tigers vs. the Philadelphia Phillies

World Series Winner: Philadelphia Phillies

AL MVP: Robinson Cano                               NL MVP: Ryan Howard

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander                     NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

 

 

Thanks to ESPN, Yahoo, AP for information in this article

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