MLB Predictions 2012: Meet the World Series Dark Horses

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MLB Predictions 2012:  Meet the World Series Dark Horses
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We're in the midst of a lull. Football has ended and real big-league baseball has yet to begin. In a good portion of the country, the ground is frozen as winter is in full effect.

However, there are reminders of spring and summer around every corner. 

You can find Cadbury Eggs at the grocery store. Plans for Mother's Day are beginning to be discussed. Who's the early Kentucky Derby favorite? 

Perhaps the most glaring image of spring is already upon us, as Major League organizations have migrated south to their early spring homes in Florida and Arizona

Every year, it's a momentous occasion here in Philadelphia, when the city's beloved Phils' truck is loaded and packed tight for the 1000-plus mile trip to Clearwater. 

It's a scene repeated all throughout the country with equal anticipation. 

Part of the reason that anticipation runs so high is that everyone is on equal footing—at least that is the belief of the members of each of the organizations, as well as their respective fanbases. 

Although that's a terrific theory, sitting back and looking objectively, we all know that this will be another season in which the Mets and Mariners are awful. 

If you're lucky, you won't have to read too much on the ills of those two franchises.

You're also going to be bombarded at every turn for the next two months and beyond about why the Phillies are the best or why the Yankees are a lock to win the World Series this season. 

Today, though, the focus is on the teams that are lying in wait. Teams are stalking and ready to burst onto the scene and throw a monkey wrench into the plans of the Phillies and Yankees, much like the Giants in 2010 and the Cardinals in 2011. 

Today, we're picking our dark horses. 

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