Darn fine question. But of course we’ll guess.
This year I dispensed with the preliminaries and ask the crew to give me their picks for the World Series teams… and the winner. You might detect a bit of homerism?
- ME – Yankees over the Braves
- JAKE – Nationals over the Astros
- FRED – Yankees over the Cardinals
- CLINT – Braves over the Yankees
- KYLE – Yankees over the Dodgers
Yes, many of us believe that the Yankees have the horsepower to break through this year. The Astros or Red Sox could get there from the AL, but as noted before, both teams have flaws that could be a problem.
The Nationals appears (on paper) to be the more complete team overall, but there is definitely reason to think that any of the alternate choices given could also prevail.
If you’re still paying attention, I’m the only one who decided to bring a Wild Card team (Atlanta) to the Fall Classic. That wasn’t simply a whim on my part… there was actually reason and logic behind it.
The Braves – for all their “almost” deals this winter – have essentially promised something big at the trade deadline (yeah, I know… hang with me on this).
I do expect that Atlanta will be behind at this point due to a tougher up-front schedule. So the catch will be ‘how far behind?’.
If it’s a lot, then the Front Office might be inclined to withhold the ‘big deal’ to help out the club in July. If they are still close, then they have no reason not to go all in. Thus while I’m still expecting the Nationals to take the division, the Braves could be on an upswing towards playoff time… and hopefully that momentum can carry them to the Series.
That’s my story – sticking to it.