Change has come to the NL Central: Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa are out, Theo Epstein is in, and nobody knows the precise status of Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun.
2012 looks to be an intriguing season already. Will the St. Louis Cardinals chase postseason glory again? Can the Milwaukee Brewers defend their title? Is change really coming to Wrigley? What about the 2010 NL Central Champion Cincinnati Reds? Can the Pittsburgh Pirates (with apologies to the Houston Astros) pull off a winning season?
Here are my early predictions for 2012, from worst to best.