The conclusion of my 2012 MLB Preview ends with a prediction of who will take home the 2012 World Series. Here, we will go round by round to analyze who could walk away with the hardware come October.
Before we do that, here are the winners from the rest of my preview (aka who will play in October).
National League East Champion - Philadelphia Phillies (The experience and depth of this team will be too much for the others in the NL East to keep up with).
National League Central Champion - Cincinnati Reds (The one prediction I already wish I could take back due to Ryan Madson's elbow injury, but I'll follow through here).
National League West Champion - Arizona Diamondbacks (The Diamondbacks' young core gets even better in 2012 and finds their way into the postseason).
National League Wild Card No. 1 - San Francisco Giants (The return of Buster Posey should give the Giants some offense and they'll try to recapture some October magic).
National League Wild Card No. 2 - Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper lead the Nationals to their first playoff berth in Washington).
American League East Champion - Tampa Bay Rays (With questions in New York and Boston, the Rays may have the most stable organization in the division).
American League Central Champion - Detroit Tigers (The Tigers roar with the addition of Prince Fielder and breeze through the Central).
American League West Champion - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Albert Pujols helps the Angels nick the Rangers for their first division championship since 2009).
American League Wild Card No. 1 - New York Yankees (They're still the Yankees, and they're still better than the Red Sox. Sorry, Boston).
American League Wild Card No. 2 - Texas Rangers (The Angels and Rangers will beat on each other, but both teams will find a way into the playoffs).