Now’s the time when we put all of our 2012 baseball predictions in one place. Then in October we can look back at this and laugh. Oh, and we will laugh. Big, bellowing, seat of your pants laughs. Hindsight is indeed 20/20. But where’s the harm in setting ourselves to look like jackasses? We run a fantasy baseball blog, after all. Grey’s picks in RED. Rudy’s picks in BLUE. (For what it’s Wuertz, last year Grey was two games away from predicting the World Series and he did predict the AL Rookie of the Year, NL Cy Young and NL MVP. Take my man to Vegas!) Anyway, here’s our predictions for baseball’s post-season awards and whatnot:
AL Pennant Winner – Los Angeles Angels of Not Really Los Angeles – I hate to go with the obvious… That’s why I’m not choosing anyone from the AL East.
AL Pennant Winner – Texas Rangers – I live 20 minutes from their AAA stadium. Hoping this gets me free tacos for the year.
NL Pennant Winner – Cincinnati Reds – Dusty will once again face his nemesis Pujols in a series touted as, The Toothpick vs. The Hispanic Splinter.
NL Pennant Winner – Philadelphia Phillies - As long as the three aces stay healthy, I think the Phillies are the favorite even if their lineup went in the dumper.
World Series Champion – Reds – An added prediction: Game five of the series and Mike Leake’s arm will fall off from overuse. Only this will turn out to be a blessing because after the Reds gave Votto $200 million dollars, they’ll have no money for bats, so Votto will use Leake’s arm to bat with and homer.
World Series Champion – Texas Rangers – Free tacos!
AL ROY – Yu Darvish – I almost put Jesus Montero, but history tells us that imported pitchers do well their first year and if we ignore that we’re doomed to repeat it… But, I guess, I’m not ignoring it. Either way, it’s a three-way fight for AL ROY this year (with Moore too).
AL ROY – Yu Darvish – It’s ridiculous that players in overseas pro leagues still qualify for this award. Otherwise, I’d say Matt Moore.
NL ROY – Zack Cozart – This is my only prediction that I’m picking with my fantasy heart and not real baseball one. I really want Cozart to do well.
NL ROY –
Mat Gamel - Not really enamored with NL rookies this year. I like Mesoraco and Rosario, but I don’t think they get enough playing time. Can’t pick Cozart because it’ll only exacerbate Grey’s man crush. Gamel’s evidently not a rookie so Yonder Alonso.
AL Cy Young – Felix Hernandez – Last year, he was better than he was in his Cy Young year without the good fortune. Here’s to F-Her getting lucky again!
AL Cy Young – Jon Lester - Fried chicken and beer for everyone!
NL Cy Young – Zack Greinke – I’ll admit to wanting to pick Kershaw again, but there’s no fun in that.
NL Cy Young – Zack Greinke - Miffed I only got him in one league….but it’s the RCL!
AL MVP – Evan Longoria – I made this prediction back in January and I’m gonna stand by it. Okay, sit. It’s a long season.
AL MVP – Robinson Cano - I like Grey’s choice – particularly since he’s on a lot of our teams. There are so many good 1Bs in the AL so it’ll be hard to pick one for MVP.
NL MVP – Joey Votto – And on a cloud made of chili in the skyline of Cincy, Marge Schott’s ghost and the ghost of Joe Morgan’s broadcasting career will be smiling down.
NL MVP – Hanley Ramirez - Guillen and Hanley will be besties this year, Hanley gets a big extension, and then regresses again.
Now put your picks in the comments and we’ll look back on this in October and mock each other.