The 2012 season has been a year of surprises. Both the Orioles and the Athletics, teams that were predicted to dwell in the cellars of their respective divisions, made the playoffs. Mike Trout became Superman Reincarnated and is likely to win at least the AL Rookie of the Year, if not the AL MVP. Fernando Rodney discovered what it was like to pitch again, while aces Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay seemingly lost all understanding of the concepts of winning baseball games. However there is still one thing we know, Jason Bay still sucks. But now it has come time for the ultimate conclusion to our eventful 2012 season, as we have reached the Fall Classic.
*cue the dramatic music*
In a matchup that offers little surprise to baseball analysts who had created postseason predictions before the season’s beginning, the San Francisco Giants are set to take on the Detroit Tigers in this year’s World Series. With the first game happening tonight, predictions are rampant among baseball analysts and casual observers of the game. That being said, here are my five startling predictions for the 2012 World Series.
1. Justin Verlander will not be the winning starting pitcher tonight.
-That would be Mr. Overpaid Barry Zito, who will regain his form and allow a total of 2 runs over 7 innings. Verlander will allow 3 but will still be on the hook for the loss.
2. Brandon Crawford will become the Giants’ Derek Jeter, leading the team in hits during the series.
-Move over Marco Scutaro, there’s a new OBP monster in town. Crawford will erupt this series, and I’m predicting about 10 hits from him in total over a course of 22 at-bats.
3. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder will combine to total 4 RBI’s and a .240 BA.
-Miggy and Prince aren’t invincible, and this will be one of those unforeseen situations where in major moments they won’t be able to put the bat on the ball. It will drive the guys at ESPN insane!
4. José Valverde will reclaim the closer role and save one of the Tiger victories.
-Sorry Phil, but I prefer Pepsi. José will save a game, but before he does he will allow one walk and one hit to make things a little more interesting.
5. Giants in 6.
-Trust me, it’s a tough prediction to swallow, but as we’ve seen with this season, anything is possible.
Below are my Fantasy Baseball Rankings for the top 50 players in 2012
2.Miguel Cabrera (1B/3B- Tigers)
3. Matt Kemp (OF- Dodgers)
4. Troy Tulowitzki (SS- Rockies)
5. José Bautista (3B/OF- Blue Jays)
6. Robinson Cano (2B- Yankees)
7. Prince Fielder (1B- Tigers)
8. Adrian Gonzalez (1B- Red Sox)
9. Evan Longoria (3B- Rays)
10. Justin Upton (OF- Diamondbacks)
11. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF- Red Sox)
12. Joey Votto (1B- Reds)
13. Justin Verlander (SP- Tigers)
14. José Reyes (SS- Marlins)
15. Hanley Ramirez (3B/SS- Marlins)
16. Mike Stanton (OF- Marlins)
17 . Clayton Kershaw (SP- Dodgers)
18. Matt Holliday (OF- Cardinals)
19. Curtis Granderson (OF- Yankees)
20. Ian Kinsler (2B- Rangers)
21. Andrew McCutchen (OF- Pirates)
22. Roy Halladay (SP- Phillies)
23. David Wright (3B- Mets)
24. Ryan Braun (OF- Brewers)
25. Carlos Gonzalez (OF- Rockies)
26. Brian McCann (C- Braves)
27. Tim Lincecum (SP- Giants)
28. Mark Teixeira (1B- Yankees)
29. Dustin Pedroia (2B- Red Sox)
30. Josh Hamilton (OF- Rangers)
31. Ryan Zimmerman (3B- Nationals)
32. Felix Hernandez (SP- Mariners)
33. CC Sabathia (SP- Yankees)
34. Adrian Beltre (3B- Rangers)
35. Cliff Lee (SP- Phillies)
36. Jay Bruce (OF- Reds)
37. Jered Weaver (SP- Angels)
38. Buster Posey (C- Giants)
39. Brett Lawrie (3B- Blue Jays)
40. Elvis Andrus (SS- Rangers)
41. Carlos Santana (C- Indians)
42. Michael Young (1B/3B- Rangers)
43. Hunter Pence (OF- Phillies)
44. Alex Rodriguez (3B- Yankees)
45. Nelson Cruz (OF- Rangers)
46. Desmond Jennings (OF- Rays)
47. Starlin Castro (SS- Cubs)
48. Pablo Sandoval (3B- Giants)
49. Dan Haren (SP- Angels)
50. Carl Crawford (OF- Red Sox)
Oh So Close :
51. Brandon Phillips (2B- Reds)
52. Mike Napoli (C- Rangers)
53. David Price (SP- Rays)
54. Michael Bourn (OF- Braves)
55. Paul Konerko (1B- White Sox)
56. Matt Cain (SP- Giants)
57. Jimmy Rollins (SS- Phillies)
58. Craig Kimbrel (CL- Braves)
59. Alex Avila (C- Tigers)
60. Dustin Ackley (2B- Mariners)
Oh and by the way, Brett Lawrie is going to rake this year.