“The Yankees will bash their way to the AL pennant. In the end, Washington will prevail, thanks to its stars – and, yes, a little luck.” – Sports Illustrated, 2018 MLB Preview
Sports Illustrated’s pre-season World Series picks have been amazingly consistent:
2017 – Dodgers (wrong). 2016 – Astros (wrong). 2015 – Indians (wrong). 2014 – Nationals (wrong). 2013 – Nationals (still wrong). 2012 – Angels (wrong). 2011 – Red Sox (wrong). 2010 – (I’ve lost interest).
Sports Illustrated has never correctly predicted the World Series winner in its annual MLB Preview. Well, maybe they have. I don’t know. I got bored around 2010.
All I DO know is that my team of experts – first gathered in 2015 – has never been right and during that same period neither has Sports Illustrated. To be fair, my panel has also included cats and, in 2016, a one-eyed possum and a crow.
(You gotta give SI credit … totally burned by the Nationals in 2013 and ’14, and they’re picking them again this year. Like Selena Gomez who can’t kick Justin Bieber to the curb, they’ve been screwed over – time and again – but SI just can’t quit the Nats. )
My experts can already tell you, SI will be wrong.
My crackerjack panel of experts – which includes people who don’t even like baseball – will probably be wrong, too.
But, my panel has another incentive: If their team actually wins their division – just their division, that’s all I ask – I will bake cookies for them.
It happened last season.
Here’s Victoria, now 4, enjoying her cookies. (She correctly picked the Indians to win the AL Central.) (Yes, I baked cookies and brownies. I’m swell.)
Opening Day is Thursday. The earliest Opening Day ever. Because baseball is more fun when it’s 30 degrees and there’s snow on the ground.
No time to waste. Let’s get this World Series over with.