Baseball predictions for 2012
We're coming to the end of a fascinating year of baseball, with tremendous comebacks, a surprise World Series winner, one of the great single days in the game's history and the news that we'll have labor peace for years to come. Can 2012 top that? Perhaps. Here are 10 things I think I think about the upcoming year:
If the playoffs do expand, the biggest beneficiaries will be the teams trapped behind the two scary monsters in the AL East -- the Jays and Rays. The Angels and Rangers will also benefit, with an additional spot to fall into for the loser of their escalating war for the AL West crown. It's less clear in the NL, where there's significantly more parity, but the teams that finished around .500 last year -- the Nationals, Dodgers and Reds -- have to feel better about their chances if the door to the playoffs opens wider.