Time for my annual show of accountability, which will be lost in the minds of so many misguided souls next spring when I hear some version “you know what I’d like to see, how you did last year?” from dozens of people.
Um, guys, I do this every year. I’m fully accountable when I miss.
Look no further than the AL this season. Yikes. My predicted division winners? Red Sox, Tigers and Mariners. Oh, the humanity. My wild card picks of the Indians and Angels weren’t brutal, so there’s that.
Over in the NL, I did a little better. I had the Dodgers winning with the West with the correct three NL Central teams all making the playoffs. I had the Pirates over Cardinals, but I’m not gonna nitpick order when I thought this division would be the best in baseball and it was.
In the NL East, I had the Nationals repeating. I’m not worried about missing on that one because they should have won it. They fell apart, that’s not my fault. I do think the Mariners badly underachieved for much of the season and the AL East was a complete crapshoot to pick (not to mention if you’d told me about their midseason trades, I’d have loved the Blue Jays).
So am I actually hard on myself for any of the misses? Absolutely. I hate how I missed on the Royals. The blossoming of young talent like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain compared to their regular-season performances last year should have been predictable while Alex Gordon is awesome and Salvador Perez is steady behind the plate. They had the talent and were coming off a confidence- and even swagger-building postseason run. The defense was still set to be the best in baseball along with a killer bullpen. There were enough quality pieces in the rotation to buy this team as being the best in the AL Central. I should have. That miss stings.
I will say at least I had them third and knew the White Sox were a bust. I can always find silver linings.
Obviously I missed on some other teams and that bothers me (I should have liked the Mets more and realized the Red Sox were poorly built, to name two examples), but at the end of the day, baseball is relatively unpredictable and that’s what makes it fun. Here’s to that continuing into the postseason, where I’ll again miss on some predictions and hit some others.
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