2012 MLB CBSSports.com expert predictions

Here we are. Another season, another stab at trying to predict how the season will turn out. Below you'll find our CBSSports.com staff predictions for the 2012 season. Obviously no one has a crystal ball, so certainly feel free to add your own predictions in the comments section. That's the beauty of this time of the year. There's no wrong answer ... yet.

World Series picks listed at bottom

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American League Wild card
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American League champion
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American League awards/miscellaneous
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MVP Ellsbury M. Cabrera M. Cabrera Cano M. Cabrera M. Cabrera M. Cabrera Pujols
Cy Young F. Hernandez Verlander Price Verlander Weaver F. Hernandez Verlander Verlander
Rookie M. Moore M. Moore M. Moore M. Moore M. Moore M. Moore M. Moore M. Moore
Manager Maddon Washington Maddon Farrell Maddon Maddon Yost Maddon
Comeback Pettitte Mauer Liriano Mauer Nathan Dunn Mauer K. Morales
HR champ Bautista Pujols Bautista Pujols Bautista Bautista Bautista Bautista
Surprise Cain Boesch Alvarez S. Santos Moustakas Smoak Hochevar Matusz
Bust Hamilton C.J. Wilson Morrow Pineda Ellsbury Pineda Beckett Crawford
 
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National League champion
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National League awards/miscellaneous
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MVP Kemp Holliday Votto Kemp Stanton Votto J. Upton Braun
Cy Young Kershaw Strasburg Hamels Lincecum C. Lee J. Johnson Greinke Greinke
Rookie Pomeranz Harper B. Jackson Mesoraco Mesoraco Alonso Mesoraco Bauer
Manager Mattingly Manuel Guillen Bochy Guillen Guillen Guillen Manuel
Comeback Wainwright Posey Wainwright Posey Posey Wainwright Strasburg J. Johnson
HR champ Stanton Stanton Stanton Kemp Stanton Bruce Stanton Stanton
Surprise Gordon Zimmermann Ethier Kubel T. Greene Fowler LaHair Duda
Bust Furcal Braun Pence Braun Vogelsong M. Cabrera Quentin Pence
 
World Series champion
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Jon Heyman, Danny Knobler and Scott Miller are Senior MLB Writers; Dayn Perry, C. Trent Rosecrans and Matt Snyder are Eye on Baseball Bloggers; Al Melchior is a Fantasy Data analyst; Scott White is a Fantasy Writer.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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