Wednesday, April 4, 2012
2012 Predictions and Hopeless Optimism
As I write this, it’s Opening Day Eve. This Tigers team has been hyped up and it’s time to actually play the games. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Detroit Tigers and I hope you’re all joining me in being fanboy optimistic and looking forward to the 2012 season.
With that, it’s time for my worthless predictions on the upcoming year. We’ll cover each MLB division, playoffs, awards, and my own silly additions at the end. I’m usually way off on these, so feel free to mock me in a couple months for being wrong about everything. Hooray.
1. New York
2. Tampa Bay
3. Kansas City
2. Los Angeles
5. New York
3. St. Louis
2. Los Angeles
3. San Francisco
5. San Diego
AL WILDCARDS: Tampa and Los Angeles
NL WILDCARDS: Atlanta and Los Angeles
WORLD SERIES: Detroit over Philadelphia (Homer Note: Bite me.)
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera (Homer Note: Eat shit.)
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Homer Note: And die.)
AL Rookie of the Year: Yu Darvish
NL MVP: Matt Kemp
NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum
NL Rookie of the Year: No clue…NL games suck.
Biggest Surprise: Ryan Raburn (.275, 28, 95)—YEAR OF THE RYNO
Biggest Disappointment: Max Scherzer (I wanna believe, but he scares me.)
First Player Released: Brandon Inge (on May 6th for my birthday)
On the rise: Rick Porcello (Big year for Rick, I’m hoping.)
On the fall: Jose Valverde (No way he can do it again…can he?)
Number of articles written praising .240 hitting Don Kelly: Infinate.
Mid-season Tigers trade need: Starting Pitcher
Player I most want to see get hit by a train: Jered Weaver (twice if possible)
Team I most want to see go into the tank: Los Angeles Angels (still bitter)
Derek Jeter Memorial Award for player that will be praised most by media for doing nothing: Derek Jeter
Number of games before Ozzie Guillen loses it for1st time in Miami: Less than 20.
Teams contracted by Bud Selig at finish of season: Twins, Angels
Bottom line, I’m excited. I’m getting up early tomorrow and heading to the D for my third Opening Day. It’s usually amateur hour on Day One, and I end up getting angry at everyone, but I’m still looking forward to it. Just like the whole season.
If you see a 6’4 angry looking dude in a Higginson jersey tomorrow, say hi. Unless you have an Inge or Kelly jersey on. In that case, expect to be stabbed. The same goes if I catch you trying to start the wave at any point. Or booing Ryan Raburn.
But yeah…it’s going to be an interesting six months. I don’t care if I’m wrong about everything here…as long as I’m right about that World Series thing. Chasing nirvana…
I’ll be back Thursday evening with a report on the Opening Day happenings. Unless I get arrested…