2012 MLB Predictions: 5 Favorites That Won't Even Make Postseason

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2012 MLB Predictions: 5 Favorites That Won't Even Make Postseason
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The 2012 MLB season is now underway. So far, in not even a full week, a few surprising things have occurred. The Yankees and Red Sox both started 0-3, the Mets have gotten off to a 4-0 start and Ozzie Guillen has potentially damaged his reputation in Miami, which could last the entire season. Nonetheless, it will be a long season, and the contending teams will have to prove that they belong in the postseason by playing consistently well all year long.

When fans began making predictions for this season, the same top teams were widely picked to win the World Series. Those teams include the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, plus the Angels and Tigers, both of whom had amazing offseasons by signing marquee players. Of course, the favorites don't always make it, and a great example of this would be the 2011 Red Sox team that suffered the worst regular season collapse in baseball history.

Making predictions generally speaking isn't easy because no one can predict the future. No one will know whether someone plays well or if someone else gets hurt before it actually happens. If certain players either don't play well or get hurt, the end results will likely be a lot different without their presence. There are an infinite number of factors that could affect the success of a team, and that's why there are 162 games in a season in order to show which teams can really play well over a long period of time.

This may still be only the first week of the season, but here are five postseason favorites that will not make it to October baseball.

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