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Phillies Nation 2012 Playoff Projections

Three Phillies Nation Staff Members Anticipate Seeing This Celebration Again in October. Photo: AP

The regular season is rapidly approaching and what good would a baseball blog be without predictions and projections? Today begins part one of the Phillies Nation projections as our staff predicts who will reach the playoffs and win the World Series. Tomorrow, we will bring our 2012 Award Predictions and Tuesday we will provide our predictions for what appears to be a wild NL East.

Some statistics of our picks: All Phillies Nation staff picked the Phils to win the NL East but that doesn’t mean we didn’t like the other teams in the NL East. Of our picks, 6 writers picked the Marlins to advance to the postseason while 3 have the Braves and 2 have the Nats advancing. Another Phillies Nation favorite are the Tigers. Every Phillies Nation staff member picked the Motown Cats to easily win their division with win totals approaching and exceeding 100.

Six Phillies Nation writers picked the Phils to win the NL Pennant in 2012 with three saying they will win the World Series. The Tigers, Rangers, Marlins, and Rays were also popular picks to reach and/or win the World Series.

Pat Gallen
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 92-70
NL Central – Brewers 88-74
NL West – Dodgers 88-74
Wild Card – Marlins 88-74 & Giants 86-76
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Marlins over Giants
Phillies over Marlins
Dodgers over Brewers
Phillies over Dodgers in NLCS (6 Games)


AL Standings
AL East – Rays 96-66
AL Central – Tigers 95-67
AL West – Rangers 93-69
Wild Card – Yankees 94-68 & Angels 89-73
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Angels over Yankees
Rays over Angels
Rangers over Tigers
Rays over Rangers in ALCS (7 games)
World Series
: Rays over Phillies in WS 6 games


Kieran Carobine
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 94-68
NL Central – Reds 87-75
NL West – Diamondbacks 90-72
Wild Card – Marlins 89-73 & Dodgers 86-76
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Marlins over Dodgers
Phillies over Marlins
Diamondbacks over Reds
Phillies over Diamondbacks in NLCS (5 Games)


AL Standings
AL East – Rays 96-66
AL Central – Tigers 98-64
AL West – Rangers 91-71
Wild Card – Yankees 94-68 & Red Sox 89-73
Wild Card One Game Playoff: Red Sox over Yankees
Rays over Red Sox
Tigers over Rangers
Rays over Tigers in ALCS, 7 games
World Series
: Phillies over Rays in WS 7 games


Robert Cowie
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 91-71
NL Central – Cincinnati 87-76
NL West – Colorado 88-74
Wild Card – Marlins 90-72 & Giants 82-80
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Marlins advance
Phillies over Marlins
Colorado over Cincinnati
Phillies over Colorado in NLCS (5 Games)


AL Standings
AL East – Red Sox 97-65
AL Central – Tigers 90-72
AL West – Angels 95-67
Wild Card – Yankees 90-72 & Rangers 93-69
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Rangers over Yankees
Red Sox over Rangers
Tigers over Angels
Tigers over Red Sox in ALCS, 6 games
World Series: Tigers over Phillies in WS 6 games


Don M.
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 94-68
NL Central – Brewers 92-70
NL West – Giants 91-71
Wild Card- Marlins 89-73 & Cardinals 88-74
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Marlins advance
Phillies over Marlins
Brewers over Giants
Phillies over Brewers in NLCS


AL Standings
AL East – Yankees 98-64
AL Central – Tigers 97-65
AL West – Angels 95-67
Wild Card – Blue Jays 91-71 & Rangers 90-72
Wild Card One Game Playoff -Blue Jays over Rangers
Yankees over Rangers
Angels over Tigers
Angels over Yankees in ALCS
World Series
: Angles over Phillies in 6 games


Jonathan Nisula
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 94-68
NL Central – Brewers 85-77
NL West – Dodgers 84-78
Wild Card – Braves 88-74 & Giants 83-79
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Braves over Giants
Phillies over Braves
Brewers over Dodgers
Phillies over Dodgers in NLCS (5 Games)


AL Standings
AL East – Rays 98-64
AL Central – Tigers 95-67
AL West – Rangers 93-69
Wild Card – Red Sox 92-70 & White Sox 88-74
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Red Sox over White Sox
Red Sox over Rays
Tigers over Rangers
Red Sox over Tigers in ALCS, 7 games
World Series: Phillies over Red Sox in WS 7 games


Amanda Orr
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 91-71
NL Central – Brewers 86-76
NL West – Giants 84-78
Wild Card- Braves 86-76 & Marlins 85-77
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Marlins over Braves
Marlins over Phillies
Brewers over Giants
Brewers over Marlins in NLCS


AL Standings
AL East – Yankees 92-70
AL Central – Tigers 98-64
AL West – Rangers 93-69
Wild Card – Red Sox 92-70 & Rays 91-71
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Rays over Red Sox
Rays over Yankees
Tigers over Rangers
Tigers over Rays
World Series: Tigers over Brewers in 5


Ian Riccaboni
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 93-69
NL Central – Cardinals 94-68
NL West – Diamondbacks 89-73
Wild Card – Nationals 90-72 & Dodgers 88-74
Wild Card One Game Playoff: Dodgers over Nationals
Cardinals over Dodgers
Phillies over Diamondbacks
Cardinals over Phillies in 6


AL Standings
AL East – Rays 96-66
AL Central – Tigers 101-61
AL West – Rangers 90-72
AL Wild Card – Yankees 94-68 & Red Sox 93-69
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Yankees over Red Sox
Yankees over Tigers
Rays over Rangers
Rays over Yankees in 5
World Series: Rays over Cardinals in 4


Corey Seidman

NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 92-70
NL Central – Cardinals 89-73
NL West – Giants 89-73
Wild Card – Marlins 90-72 & Reds 88-74
Wild Card One Game Playoff: Marlins over Reds
Marlins over Cardinals
Phillies over Giants
Marlins over Phillies


AL Standings
AL East – Yankess 95-67
AL Central – Tigers 97-65
AL West – Rangers 92-70
AL Wild Card – Red Sox 91-71 & Angels 90-72
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Yankees over Red Sox
Red Sox over Tigers
Rangers over Yankees
Rangers over Red Sox in 5
World Series
: Rangers over Marlins in 4


Nick Staskin
NL Standings
NL East – Phillies 90-72
NL Central – Brewers 93-69
NL West – Giants 89-73
Wild Card – Braves 87-75 & Nationals 86-76
Wild Card One Game Playoff: Nationals over Braves
Brewers over Nationals
Phillies over Giants
Phillies over Brewers in 7


AL Standings
AL East – Yankees 99-63
AL Central – Tigers 98-64
AL West – Angels 91-71
AL Wild Card – Rays 94-68 & Rangers 90-72
Wild Card One Game Playoff – Rays over Rangers
Yankees over Rays
Tigers over Angels
Yankees over Tigers in 6
World Series: Phillies over Yankees in 7


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  1. Duff

    April 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Amanda Orr, I’m not sure if you’re aware of this but the Phillies and Marlins cannot play each other in the first round of the playoffs because they’re both in the NL East.

    • Kevin

      April 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Duff, the MLB changed the rule when they added the fifth wild card team. Now teams are allowed to face a team from their division in the Divisional Series round.

      • Ruben

        April 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm

        BAM.

  2. Ken Bland

    April 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    It’s interesting to see some of you going with predictions that go against the grain. Both the Dodgers and Rockies got a little support, for example. Like to especially thank Ian Riccaboni for predicting the Cards over the Phils in the LCS. That was so much fun last year, I can’t wait to experience the thrill again. Truth is, I have a good year defined as winning the division series. Haven’t decided if they should win the LCS, but you guys were mandated, not me, so good luck on one of the great set up to fail propositions in America. Happy Opening Day!

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    • EricL

      April 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Yo, kids, check this out.

      AL East Winners: Toronto Blue Jays.

      It seems like only Don chose them to even make the playoffs, which I think is wrong. Their lineup is stacked and their bullpen is solid. The starting pitching is a little thin, but so is Boston’s & NYY’s. And while the Rays have a solid staff, their offense is a little suspect.

  4. EricL

    April 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Oh dammit. I didn’t mean to post that in response to the spamclown.

    I’ll do it again here in case someone sees fit to delete that garbage:

    So, kids, check this out.

    AL East Winners: Toronto Blue Jays.

    It seems like only Don chose them to even make the playoffs, which I think is wrong. Their lineup is stacked and their bullpen is solid. The starting pitching is a little thin, but so is Boston’s & NYY’s. And while the Rays have a solid staff, their offense is a little suspect.

  5. Chuck A.

    April 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Blue Jays are definitely gonna make some noise.

  6. Brooks

    April 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    There is something about the Yankees that never seems to go away.
    This year, look for some heavy hitting to resurface in the likes of AROD. Jeter may become more of a non-factor offensively but there are enough offensive weapons and pitching to at least make the WC. The Sox, with Crawford being out until late April, Lackey on the 60 day DL – I think the Jays have good chance to make the post season as well.

    I don’t quite understand where the awe of the Cardinals comes in play. Not only have they lost Big Al, it looks like Carp is out for a while too. I know that Spring has looked good for them but I just dont see them making a splash for the entire season. Of course, the NL central is also decimated by the loss of the Prince. Definitely a weak division.

    The Marlins could be a gas to watch. How will Ozzie get along with the likes of the men children Reyes and Ramirez? Could be a disaster or, could be a potent offense. Watch out for Davey Johnson. The guy is a certified winner, everywhere he goes, the club wins.

    Phils? I believe start the season painstakingly slow but wind up full guns towards the end. This would mean a revitalized Howard (I mean looking similar like his 140 rbi self), and consistent production from Vic, Pence & Jroll. Notice key ingredients left out – Poly on the DL, any bonus we get from Jr, any bonus at all from Galvis or Chooch – and yes, Utley was left out of this picture purposefully.

  7. Manny

    April 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I like it. But they finished 16 games behind the Yankees last season… I think they’ll be much better but probably not enough to close the gap. And the Yankees improved somewhat.. their offense was their weakest link and they fixed it a little. Blue Jays 3rd but in the WC fight till the end. I see the Rays dropping to 4th.

    And on the NL East, I’m very, very worried about the Marlins. I can’t believe they finished 30 games behind us last season, but Reyes and Hanley are getting along like soulmates (at least that’s the image MLB Network wants to portray…). Rotation is very good, offense is excellent, bullpen is improved, more people going to their games… I expect them to be in the fight till the end but, similar to the Blue Jays, I doubt that the improvements will be enough to take the division crown. (Phillies, Marlins, Braves, Nats, Mets… in that order)

    • Manny

      April 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

      TYPO: their *rotation (not offense)

  8. Don M

    April 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I tried to look at how teams finished last year – the moves they made this offseason and how many games does it effect them ..

    The Blue Jays were a quiet .500 team last year … Lawrie, Rasmus, and an improved bullpen . . . and I think Brandon Morrow steps up to give the Jays a legit 1-2 with Romero- Morrow

    Tampa Bay is a super-soild team, and in any other division, I think they win 95+ games, for some reason I just think they struggle to score this year, Shields and Hellickson have down years – I don’t know why I think that but I do

  9. Don M

    April 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    my AL wild card should say Rangers over Blue Jays …. my bad, dawgs

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