In 2011, long before the season began, Bukiet predicted accurately six teams that would make the playoffs – the Red Sox, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, Tigers and Rangers.
(If you'd like to check his results yourself, here are the final regular-season standings, and here is a copy of his predictions, posted March 30, 2011.
For 2012 Bukiet predicts that, for the first time, both the National and American Leagues will end up with two Wild Card teams in the playoffs.
In the American League he predicts last year's division champions will repeat. In the National League he predicted the Phillies and Diamondbacks will repeat as division champions, but the St. Louis Cardinals would win the Central Division over the Milwaukee Brewers, which won it last year.
Bukiet excuses his baseball obsession by saying it's a good way to demonstrate the real-world usefulness of higher mathematics.
For baseball fans it's another set of numbers to use to argue the pros and cons of their favorite teams, however, not a demonstration of good math skills or even a spoiler giving away the season's ending before it's even begun.
If you prefer not to know how your team is going to do, it's time to click over to another page now.
If you're like most baseball fans, you'll be arguing about the numbers behind the table posted here (Bruce Bukiet's 2012 Major League Baseball Projected Outcome) for quite a while to come.
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