Revisiting Our Terrible Predictions is Your Reward for Reading

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Hey remember way back in March when we wrote up li'l previews for the six divisions and made wild predictions about the standings? Yeah, we were about as good at prognosticating as Jose Vidro is at hitting. MARINERS ZING! But hey, who among you really thought the Cardinals would be in second and the Indians in dead last? Not us. And who among you really thought Obama would beat Hillary despite losing primaries in New York, Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio? Not us.

Here are our predictions, followed by their actual standings so far:

AL CENTRAL (CTC)
   1. Detroit Tigers (actually in 3rd, off by two)
   2. Cleveland Indians (actually in 5th, off by three)
   3. Kansas City Royals (actually in 4th, off by one)
   4. Chicago White Sox (actually in 1st, off by three)
   5. Minnesota Twins (actually in 2nd, off by three)
These picks were off by an average of 2.4 places in the standings.

NL EAST (Rob)
   1. New York Mets (actually in 2nd, off by one)
   2. Atlanta Braves (actually in 4th, off by two)
   3. Philadelphia Philles (actually in 1st, off by two)
   4. Florida Marlins (actually in 3rd, off by one)
   5. Washington Nationals (DIRECT HIT)
These picks were off by an average of 1.2 places in the standings.

AL WEST (CTC)
   1. LA Angels (DIRECT HIT)
   2. Seattle Mariners (actually in 4th, off by two)
   3. Texas Rangers (DIRECT HIT)
   4. Oakland Athletics (actually in 2nd, off by two)
These picks were off by an average of 1 place in the standings.

NL CENTRAL (Rob)
   1. Chicago Cubs (DIRECT HIT)
   2. Milwaukee Brewers (actually in 3rd, off by one)
   3. Cincinnati Reds (actually in 4th, off by one)
   4. Houston Astros (actually in 6th, off by two)
   5. Pittsburgh Pirates (DIRECT HIT)
   6. St. Louis Cardinals (actually in 2nd, off by four)
These picks were off by an average of 1.333 places in the standings.

NL WEST (Rob)
   1. Arizona Diamondbacks (DIRECT HIT)
   2. LA Dodgers (DIRECT HIT)
   3. Colorado Rockies (actually in 4th, off by one)
   4. San Diego Padres (actually in 5th, off by one)
   5. San Fran Giants (actually in 3rd, off by two)
These picks were off by an average of 0.8 places in the standings.

AL EAST (CTC)
   1. Boston Red Sox (DIRECT HIT)
   2. New York Yankees (actually in 3rd, off by one)
   3. Toronto Blue Jays (actually in 4th, off by one)
   4. Tampa Bay Rays (actually in 2nd, off by two)
   5. Baltimore Orioles (DIRECT HIT)
These picks were off by an average of 0.8 places in the standings.

Well it looks like we pretty much nailed the AL East and NL West and fell flat on our faces in the AL Central. The season is just 60% done, however, so maybe those Indians will still rally!

As for our Prophesy of Mediocrity Contest, reader Sally is in the lead with three correct picks of the six third-place teams. She tabbed the Rangers, Marlins and Giants using the strategy of "picking last year's last place teams". For leading this contest at the All Star break, Sally gets to accompany me to the All Star Game tomorrow night! Lucky gal!


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5 Comments

The last time I clicked on the you may already be a winner tag, I wound up with a 2-year subscription to Yankee magazine and a set of Perry Como collector plates. Fool me once, shame on you...

Unless "Sally" is code for "futuremrsrickankiel" or "Clare," I call horsepucky.

A drunk blinfolded monkey throwing darts at a list of team names could have done better at picking division positions than you.

I went to the All-Star game last year, as well as in 1987. It was way cooler in 1987, mostly because I was a little kid.

Who is this "Sally" character? Does she look a lot like CTC in a dress and a blonde wig?

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