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Major League Baseball 2012: Dave Sheinin’s predictions

Albert Pujols was the big free agent addition of the offseason, and the Angels should benefit with a World Series title in 2012. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
NL predictions

Most valuable player

Joey Votto, Reds. Drop-off in 2011 numbers not as steep as you might think.

Cy Young Award

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. Most amazing: He just turned 24 in March.

Manager of the year

Ron Roenicke, Brewers. If Brew Crew repeats without Prince, he deserves it.

Rookie of the year

Yonder Alonso, Padres. Has the perfect ROY combination of opportunity and ability.

Wild-card game

Marlins over Diamondbacks

Division series
Giants over Brewers, Phillies over Marlins

League championship

Giants over Phillies

AL predictions

Most valuable player

Robinson Cano, Yankees. Top-six vote-getter in each of last two years.

Cy Young Award

Felix Hernandez, Mariners. Coin toss: Heads, it’s Hernandez; tails, it’s Detroit’s Justin Verlander.

Manager of the year

Joe Maddon, Rays. Voters love a David-beats-Goliath story, even if it doesn’t really apply.

Rookie of the year

Jesus Montero, Mariners. He’s gonna play plenty. He’s gonna rake plenty.

Wild-card game

Yankees over Rangers

Division series

Rays over Tigers, Angels over Yankees

League championship

Angels over Rays

World Series

Angels over Giants

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