It is the midway point of the MLB season, and I’m gonna update my 2012 predictions and Award winner picks.
East: New York Yankees: They are one of, if not, the hottest teams in baseball right now, and I think they will hold off the rest of the tough AL East and take another division title.
Central: Chicago White Sox: Who saw this coming? Not me! Adam Dunn returning to Adam Dunn status, Paul Konerko dominating, under the radar as ususl, and Chris Sale leading the rotation. Also, Robin Ventura is gonna be in the running for AL Manager of the Year with Buck Showalter.
West: Texas Rangers: Nobody can stop the Rangers, except the NL All Star pitching staff. Josh Hamilton is just killing the ball, Yu Darvish is striking out everyone, along with Matt Harrison, and Joe Nathan, who is making a hell of a comeback! Maybe even another WS appearance for these guys.
Wild Card 1: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Despite their very wrong, and geographically wrong name, the Angels are good. C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver in the rotation, and Ernesto Frieri in the back of the bullpen with a 0.00 ERA, and he didn’t make the All Star team. And some dude named Mike Trout is killing the ball, and robbing every potential HR coming his way! Along with Trumbo, Pujols, and co. the Angels are a WS favorite.
Wild Card 2: Baltimore Orioles: I believe in my birds! The Orioles have come out of no where to surprise everyone, including me. I was expecting another 90 loss season, but Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter can do no wrong! This team is heading for big things, lead by Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and Nick Markakis, and pitchers Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Jim Johnson. I’m praying and hoping for a Baltimore playoff game, and not a Ravens one this year!
Pennant: Texas Rangers: I’d love to say Baltimore Orioles here, but that’s not the case. The Rangers are unstoppable, as I said, and I believe this. They will make a 3rd straight World Series appearance, and maybe win this one.
MVP: Mike Trout: Mike Trout is only 20 year old, and he is heading for HUGE things, and he is my MVP this year.
Cy Young: Justin Verlander: His ASG appearance wasn’t the best, but I believe Verlander will repeat for another Cy Young.
Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout: Who else am I gonna put here? Unquestionably Trout wins the Rookie of the Year, and the MVP.
East: Washington Nationals: My Natitude has been ignited, and I’m a believers in the Nats! With guys like Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, and Jordan Zimmerman in the rotation, and guys like Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond, Michael Morse, and Steve Lombardozzi in the lineup, you are gonna go far. With Jayson Werth coming back soon, I think we’ll see the Nats winning the divsion for the 1st time with the name “Nationals”.
Central: Pittsburgh Pirates: Who would’ve thought 5 years ago, that in a couple of years, the best teams in the NL are the Nationals and the Pirates? Not me, that’s for sure. The Pirates have one of the best players in the game in Andrew McCutchen and the resurging A.J. Burnett. I think the Pirates will win out the NL Central and go on to the playoffs.
West: San Francisco Giants: With guys in the rotation like Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong, and Madison Bumgardner, and hitters like Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Melky Cabrera, the Giants are one of the best teams in baseball. I think the Giants will beat out the Dodgers for the West division.
Wild Card 1: Los Angeles Dodgers: They have been battling injuries all year, but I think they will get in the playoffs with the 1st Wild Card spot.
Wild Card 2: Cincinnati Reds: Led by the $200 Million man, Joey Votto, and All Stars Aroldis Chapman and Jay Bruce, I think the Reds will battle all the way with Pittsburgh and end up with the 2nd Wild Card spot.
Pennant: Washington Nationals: The Nationals are the best team in baseball and nothing has proven me otherwise. They are the first NL team to 50 wins, and they are just getting better.
MVP: Matt Kemp: Injuries have sidelined him for most of 2012, but I think Matt Kemp will not get beat out for the MVP this year. It’s his to lose.
Cy Young: R.A. Dickey: I say this year, a knuckleballer will win the Cy Young. I thought the knuckleball was dead, until R.A. Dickey came out of no where to throw 2 straight 1 hitters. He is the best pitcher in the National League, and I think he will win the Cy Young.
Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper: If you don’t have this kid winning the NL ROY, you’re a clown, bro. Harper has came onto the scene to steal the hearts of baseball fans in DC and all over the Majors.
Those are my updated predictions for the 2012 season.