As another long season of baseball action gets underway, we’ll take a look at the latest 2012 MLB World Series predictions! A few offseason moves have helped shift the balance of power, as we have two new teams join the list of favorites.
It’s no longer about just the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox anymore. By brining Albert Pujols over to the west coast and Price Fielder to the Motor City, the LA Angels of Anaheim and the Detroit Tigers have joined the ranks atop the 2012 MLB World Series predictions frontrunners.
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As you can see, we currently have a tie atop the list, with the Phils, Tigers and Angels all knotted at +600. It’s worth noting that the playoffs will have a little bit of a twist this year, as we will no longer have just 8 teams enter the postseason tournament. Instead, each League will have five teams make it to the postseason, with the addition of 2 more wild cards spots.
“The enthusiasm for the 10-team structure among our clubs, fans and partners has been overwhelming,” said MLB commissioner Bud Selig. “This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year, all while maintaining the most exclusive postseason in professional sports.”
So, how will this whole thing play out? Much like in football, we will have a bye in the first round, but it will go to all of the three division winners from each the American and the National League. The non-divisional winners, in other words the wild card teams, will meet in the first round to decide the final spot. From there, the 5-game division series will begin with two home contests for the lower seeds and then up to three home games for the higher seeds. The reasoning behind that is to eliminate the need for a travel day in the case that any series goes to five games.
What do you think about the new format? It’s going to be interesting to hear the fans’ reacting as well as the teams. For one, I believe that the addition of another wild card spot has been a long time coming. Just ask Terry Francona and the 2011 Boston Red Sox about that, who were listed among the odds to win World Series last year! OSH's early 2012 World Series prediction is the New York Yankees.
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