Not satisfied with being humiliated just once, The Hardball Times staff has attempted to make playoff predictions, too.
For the sake of brevity, I won’t subject every one of us to the embarrassment of having our picks laid out for the world to see (yet), but I will do a recap similar to Chris Jaffe’s after the postseason is over to see how everyone did.
Here is a summary of who was picked to win each series.
DET NYY ALDS1 11 8 TBR TEX ALDS2 13 6 PHI STL NLDS1 17 2 MIL ARI NLDS2 12 7
It looks like just about everyone thinks the Cardinals’ run, exciting as it was, is over. The Rays, on the other hand, have plenty of believers. The Brewers’ phenomenal home record appears to give them an edge. And the Tigers-Yankees showdown is close to a toss-up.
NYY DET TBR TEX ALCS 7 6 5 1 MIL PHI ARI STL NLCS 9 7 2 1
The only obvious thing in the American League is that virtually no one has faith in the Rangers to get back to the Fall Classic. In the National League, it’s a two-horse race between the Brew Crew and the Phils.
PHI DET MIL NYY TBR ARI STL TEX World Series 6 5 4 2 2 0 0 0
While no clear-cut favorite exists, those who think Philadelphia or Detroit can get to baseball’s final also think that team will win it all. Sorry, Arizona, St. Louis and Texas, but you have no true believers in the THT midst. (But you have at least one of us rooting for you to win.)
Check back in early November to see how we did and who made the most accurate predictions.