2012 MLB predictions, forecasts and wild guesses

Our annual predictions offering has the 2012 season covered from A (Adam Dunn’s strikeout total) to Z (brace yourself, Carlos Zambrano).

Yahoo! Sports baseball writers Tim Brown, Steve Henson and Jeff Passan pick their World Series champions (teaser alert: no ticker tape in New York or Boston this year), forecast postseason awards and sprinkle a few wild guesses around the baseball landscape.

First manager fired Clint Hurdle Dusty Baker Brad Mills
First GM fired Dan O'Dowd Jack Zduriencik Ned Colletti
Combined home runs and stolen bases for Matt Kemp 83 92 69
Date and architect of first no-hitter April 14, Josh Johnson May 16, Yu Darvish April 17, Stephen Strasburg
Date of Pittsburgh Pirates' 82nd win 09/27/13 09/24/14 09/18/12, I mean 2112
Bryce Harper's call-up date and season slash line Sept. 1. 265/.305/.420 June 2. .248/.310/.485 June 14. .258/.347/.501
Length of Yoenis Cespedes' longest home run 465 feet 444 feet 472 feet
Michael Pineda's ERA at Yankee Stadium (bonus question: Andy Pettitte win total) 5.05 (7) 4.83 (12) N/A (12)
Ryan Braun's HR/RBI totals 26/101 32/108 31/102
Date of Bobby Valentine's first ejection April 20 (vs. Yankees) April 26 (at White Sox) April 22 (vs. Yankees)
Bobby V's go-to dugout disguise Wally The Green Monster Short-order cook making innovative wraps Mime makeup
Yu Darvish's won-loss record and ERA 14-11, 3.95 15-9, 3.87 14-6, 3.41
More errors at third base: Miguel Cabrera vs. Hanley Ramirez Cabrera 27-11 Cabrera 25-17 Cabrera 24-19
Biggest name traded at deadline David Wright Johan Santana David Wright
Date and target of Ozzie Guillen's first in-season beef May 12, Jeffrey Loria April 4, The leaping marlins on the home run feature at the new Miami stadium April 27, Carlos Zambrano
Bigger number: Ichiro hits or Adam Dunn strikeouts Tie, 199 Ichiro, 201-199 Ichiro, 202-154
Most offensive Tweeter Oney Guillen Ozzie's first cousin, twice removed Jose Canseco
Buster Posey games played at first base 46 21 36
Home run increase at Citi Field 30 9 22
SEASON PREDICTIONS
  Rays 91-71 Rays 95-67 Rays 96-66
  Yankees 90-72 Yankees 94-68 Yankees 94-68
  Red Sox 87-75 Red Sox 91-71 Red Sox 91-71
  Blue Jays 81-81 Blue Jays 84-78 Blue Jays 83-79
  Orioles 70-92 Orioles 58-104 Orioles 64-98
  Tigers 90-72 Tigers 92-70 Tigers 95-67
  Twins 80-82 Royals 81-81 Royals 81-81
  Indians 78-84 Indians 79-83 Indians 79-83
  Royals 73-89 White Sox 71-91 Twins 69-93
  White Sox 72-90 Twins 69-93 White Sox 68-94
  Angels 90-72 Rangers 100-62 Rangers 94-68
  Rangers 90-72 Angels 99-63 Angels 93-69
  A's 70-92 A's 69-93 Mariners 72-90
  Mariners 70-92 Mariners 58-104 A's 68-94
  Phillies 90-72 Marlins 89-73 Phillies 92-70
  Marlins 88-74 Phillies 86-76 Nationals 91-71
  Braves 84-78 Braves 86-76 Marlins 88-74
  Nationals 84-78 Nationals 86-76 Braves 84-78
  Mets 74-88 Mets 64-98 Mets 69-93
  Brewers 87-75 Reds 90-72 Reds 87-75
  Cardinals 86-76 Brewers 88-74 Cardinals 85-77
  Reds 84-78 Cardinals 86-76 Brewers 82-80
  Pirates 72-90 Pirates 75-87 Cubs 72-90
  Cubs 68-94 Cubs 71-91 Pirates 71-91
  Astros 57-105 Astros 54-108 Astros 59-103
  D'backs 89-73 D'backs 92-70 D'backs 88-74
  Giants 87-75 Giants 87-75 Rockies 84-78
  Dodgers 83-79 Rockies 83-79 Giants 80-82
  Rockies 81-81 Dodgers 83-79 Padres 77-85
  Padres 74-88 Padres 70-92 Dodgers 74-88
AL wild card Yankees over Rangers Angels over Yankees Yankees over Angels
NL wild card Marlins over Giants Giants over Brewers Nationals over Marlins
ALDS Rays over Yankees Angels over Rangers Rays over Rangers
  Tigers over Angels Tigers over Rays Yankees over Tigers
NLDS Marlins over Phillies D'backs over Giants Phillies over D'backs
  D'backs over Brewers Marlins over Reds Nationals over Reds
ALCS Rays over Tigers Angels over Tigers Rays over Yankees
NLCS Marlins over D'backs D'backs over Marlins Nationals over Phillies
World Series Rays over Marlins Angels over D'backs Rays over Nationals