The venerable publication Sports Illustrated has made its picks for the 2008 baseball season, and I am going to take this opportunity to point and laugh.
Hmmm, the Reds finishing second? I guess they're believers of the ol' Dusty bounce. I believe in the Dusty bounce, too except it involves pitchers' arms falling off and bouncing off the mound.
Uhh, the Mariners finishing second? Geoff Baker's readers would disagree.
Other than those two, I think they've done a pretty good job ranking the teams. I haven't had a chance to read all the previews, mostly because my eyeballs are about to pop out of my head. I assume, however, that they will make several other predictions that will eventually prove to be entirely off-base. Ha! A baseball pun!
Here are the division winners and playoff participants that I copied and pasted from the Brewers blog guy:
NL Central: Cubs
NL East: Mets
NL West: Rockies
Wild Card: Diamondbacks
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Yankees
AL West: Angels
Wild Card: Red Sox
NL: Cubs over Diamondbacks; Rockies over Mets
AL: Tigers over Red Sox; Yankees over Angels
NL: Cubs over Rockies
AL: TIgers over Yankees
World Series: Tigers over Cubs
That actually looks perfectly fine to me, actually, except that this means the Tigers will certainly not win the World Series. They got the vote of confidence curse, which is almost as bad as the cover curse. Speaking of which, I believe the cover of the baseball preview issue will feature Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Upton, so watch out kids.