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2012 MLB Expert Picks

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It’s time for the new MLB season to get underway, which means it’s time for the annual MLB Pick ‘Em. We here at Sports of Boston (and New York) have brought you our sets of choices for how the standings will shape up at the end of the season. And with the addition of a second Wildcard team for 2012, it’s the biggest pick ’em ever.

As usual, a panelist gets one point for correctly choosing a team to make the playoffs, or two points instead if that pick was correctly for a division winner. Picking the #1, #2, #3, first Wildcard and second Wildcard teams precisely are worth an extra five, four, three, two and one bonus points respectively. And choosing which #1 seed will wind up with MLB’s best record is worth two points. In the event of a tie, the better rank will go to the panelist that successfully guesses which team will finish with the league’s worst record, then second worst, then third worst then bottom three in any order.

The Astros are the unquestionable favorite to be the league’s cellar dwellers in their last year in the NL, while the Yankees and Phillies are getting the most confidence. It gets more diverse from there, but a team that hasn’t done well at all in forever is getting some selections to make playoff waves; it’s not the Pirates, don’t worry.

So with the stage set, be sure to check below for the complete sets of picks (Boston picks in red, New York picks in green), and check back at season’s end to so how everyone’s selections fared.

Name Aryeh Bobby Edward John Josh KC Matthew Mike Nick Taylor
AL #1 Tigers Rangers Yankees Yankees Yankees Yankees Yankees Tigers Yankees Yankees
#2 Angels Red Sox Tigers Angels Angels Tigers Rangers Rays Angels Angels
#3 Yankees Tigers Angels Tigers Tigers Rangers Tigers Angels Tigers Tigers
#W1 Red Sox Angels Rangers Red Sox Rays Angels Angels Red Sox Rangers Red Sox
#W2 —– Yankees Red Sox Rays Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Rangers
NL #1 Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Cardinals D-Backs Reds
#2 Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Brewers Cardinals D-Backs Giants Nationals Phillies Braves
#3 Giants Dodgers Giants Rockies Rockies Reds Reds Giants Cardinals Giants
#W1 Marlins D-Backs Braves Braves Braves Giants D-Backs Phillies Marlins Phillies
#W2 —– Nationals Brewers Reds Marlins Braves Nationals Braves Braves Rockies
Best Team Tigers Rangers Yankees Phillies Yankees Yankees Phillies —– Yankees Yankees
Tiebreaker Worst
Astros Mariners Padres Astros Astros Astros Astros Astros Astros Astros
2nd Worst
Padres Astros Astros Orioles Royals Padres Padres Orioles Athletics Orioles
3rd Worst
Royals Twins White Sox Mets Cubs Orioles Orioles Athletics Orioles Mariners

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