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Horrible Predictions: MLB 2012 Postseason

The MLB regular season has come to an end, so it’s time for my annual horrible playoff predictions, guaranteed to make me look like an idiot.

Before I get to my new predictions, let’s revisit the ones I made prior to the season.

AL East

1. New York — Pitching still a question mark, but that offense still one of the best.

2. Tampa Bay (WC) — Not a lot of offense, but that rotation is sick.

5. Baltimore — Hard to see them getting much better this year.

Looking back: Clearly I started off these predictions strong with the Orioles.

AL Central

1. Detroit — Easily the class of the division.

5. Chicago — Not a lot to look forward to on the South Side this year.

Looking back: The White Sox overachieved, but in the end, I got the Detroit pick right.

AL West

1. Texas — Rangers are most complete team in the league.

2. Los Angeles (WC) — Pitching, Pujols make this team dangerous down the stretch.

4. Oakland — Repeat after me: Billy Beane is not a genius.

Looking back: In my defense, no one had the A’s winning this division.

NL East

1. Miami — Lot of energy with new park, new manager and talented roster.

2. Philadelphia (WC) — Injuries to Howard, Utley will hurt early in the season.

3. Atlanta — I still don’t believe in the Braves, despite most “experts” predicting big things.

4. Washington — Not this year, but 2013 could be the breakout season for the Nationals.

Looking back: Aside from the Mets, I got the order completely reversed here.

NL Central

1. Cincinnati — On paper, Reds among league’s elite. Will Dusty Baker screw it up?

2. Milwaukee — Lineup definitely weaker this season, but the rotation is still strong.

3. St. Louis — Losing Carpenter for extended period could be as bad as losing Pujols.

4. Houston — I think this team will be more entertaining than the past two seasons. These young kids will hustle.

5. Chicago — As a Cubs fan, it pains me to say this — they stink.

6. Pittsburgh — Pirates still can’t be taken seriously.

Looking back: I overrated the Astros and underrated the Pirates. I was spot on with the Reds, though.

NL West

1. San Francisco — If the Giants can generate some offense, watch out.

2. Arizona (WC) — Not a great lineup, but the pitching staff will keep them in games.

Looking back: I nailed the Giants pick.

So overall I picked five of the 10 playoff spots correctly, including four division winners. Not great, but solid.

How about the awards and playoffs?

Awards

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, New York (I don’t know, something tells me he has one more MVP season in him)

AL Cy Young: David Price, Tampa Bay

NL MVP: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles

NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum, San Francisco

Looking back: The only one that might happen is Price winning the Cy Young. Lincecum…not so much.

Divisional

Detroit over Los Angeles: Playing one-game playoff will hurt rotation.

Texas over New York: Rangers should cruise in a sweep

San Francisco over Philadelphia: See Los Angeles.

Cincinnati over Miami: An entertaining series, but Reds’ bats prevail.

Looking back: Every team I have advancing made the playoffs

League Championship

Detroit over Texas: Tough to win pennant three years in a row.

San Francisco over Cincinnati: Could be a fun seven-game series.

World Series

San Francisco over Detroit

The Giants’ pitching proves to be too much, and San Fran takes out the Tigers in six games.

Looking back: This could still happen!

OK, now that we’ve gone over my preseason picks, here are my new horrible playoff picks.

Wild card

Texas over Baltimore: Darvish leads the way for Rangers

Atlanta over St. Louis: Braves are the better team, by far.

Divisional

Detroit over Oakland: The dream ends for the A’s.

Texas over New York: I still don’t really trust the Yankees pitching.

San Francisco over Cincinnati: This one could go the distance.

Atlanta over Washington: Braves bullpen will be the difference.

League Championship

Detroit over Texas: Keeping with my preseason pick.

Atlanta over San Francisco: Bailing on the Giants now. Atlanta’s offense is a little better.

World Series

Detroit over Atlanta: Verlander wins two and the Tigers win in six games.

Oh yeah…fuck Miguel Cabrera!

Awards

NL MVP: Buster Posey: Braun had a better year, but the steroid issue keeps him from winning.

NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey: Writers will reward a knuckleballer that won 20 games on a horrible team.

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander: It’s splitting hairs between Verlander and David Price, but Verlander wins again.

AL MVP: Ah, the true debate.

I see both sides of the argument here. The new stats say Trout in a landslide. He’s got base running and defense over Cabrera, his WAR is through the roof and RBIs have become a flawed stat. But the traditionalists say the Triple Crown trumps all.

I think there are more traditionalists voting, so I think Cabrera edges out Trout in the voting. Personally, I wish everyone would get together and just agree to make them co-MVPs. Who would be against this?

If I had a vote…I’d go Trout. But I admit, I hate Miguel Cabrera so much. Fucking 2003 Marlins!

Mad Ramblings

• After finishing with the best record in our league, I placed fourth in the fantasy baseball playoffs. My pitching let me down big time. Oh well, wait till next year.

• Mercifully the Cubs and Astros seasons are over. It can only go up from here…right?

• I’ll have a good college football blog coming early next week. Let’s just say Texas fans and their “I believe” talk after beating Oklahoma State got me thinking – and fired up.

• The Bears win over Dallas on Monday was awesome. That’s the most fun I’ve had watching a Bears game in a while. It proves that if Cutler gets protection, Chicago is tough to beat.

• Houston is the best team in the NFL, no doubt. And they are going to show the world when the Texans destroy the Jets on MNF.

• Booked my first media tour of the Festival of Lights season. Got 11 bookings over three days in four cities. That’s studly folks.

Four of the stops are TV, so I may have a link or two to share. The media tour runs from Oct. 14-17.

• While getting our hotel on Oct. 14 in Shreveport, my partner Stephanie and I had one request – it had to have AMC. The Walking Dead starts that night, and we have no intention of missing the beginning of Season 3!

• Is it Nov. 7 yet?

• Your HARO gem of the day:

Summary: Curve-A-Licious Ladies

Name: Angela Weingrad Major Cable Network

Media Outlet: Major Cable Network

ATTENTION ALL CURVE-A-LICIOUS LADIES!!!

IN A CITY FULL OF SKINNY B*TCHES ARE YOU LARGE & IN CHARGE, CHUNKY YET FUNKY?
EMMY AWARD WINNING PRODUCTION COMPANY IS CASTING FOR A NEW DOCU-SERIES THINK THE “SEX & THE CITY” GIRLS BUT IN SIZE 14, 16, 18, & BEYOND!

STARRING FUN, WILD, 20-SOMETHING GIRLS IN LOS ANGELES THAT DRESS SEXY, DATE HOT GUYS, AND PARTY HARDER THAN ALL THOSE “SKINNY B*TCHES”

NOW CASTING REAL WOMEN WITH REAL CURVES WHO ARE SINGLE, LOVE TO DATE HOT MEN, PARTY, DRESS SEXY, AND HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE THAN THOSE SKINNY BITCHES!

Buckley’s Note: WHY THE CAPS?!?

• Finally, you may have seen me post this on Wednesday, but I nearly hit the disabled list.

Let’s just say Garage Door 1, Buckley’s Finger 0.

Bear Down and Keep the Faith!

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About Joshua Buckley

I used to be a Sports Editor. Now I'm the Media Relations Manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

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One thought on “Horrible Predictions: MLB 2012 Postseason

  1. My biggest concern in an Detroit – Oakland series is Oakland’s bats verses Detroit’s bats. Their lineup can but runs on the board in bunches, whereas we are very dependent on Jackson/Fielder/Cabrera having good nights. That’s being said, I agree with you, and I think our pitching gives us the edge. Still, it’ll be a good series I think.

    Posted by southernmaninindy | October 4, 2012, 12:00 pm

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