With the arrival of Sports Illustrated in my mailbox Wednesday, I now have the baseball preview editions of the three major magazines I subscribe to in my hands.
I personally am not going to make any predictions because one thing I've learned through the years is that predictions are always wrong. The more I watch and study baseball, the more I realize that I don't really know much about it. If anyone ever tells you they know the game and know what is going to happen, rest assured that person is full of crap.
Nevertheless, I do find it interesting to read other people's predictions. One thing all three magazines agree on is that Philadelphia, led by newly-acquired ace Roy Halladay (pictured), looks like the class of the National League. All three magazines also agree that Minnesota will win the AL Central, and that St. Louis will win the NL Central. Everything else varies.
To prevent you from having to go out and buy these magazines, here is the rundown for each publication:
SI has the New York Yankees, Minnesota and Los Angeles Angels winning the AL divisions. Tampa Bay is picked to win the wild card. Philadelphia, St. Louis and Colorado are the NL picks, with Atlanta as the wild card.
Yankees over Twins, Rays over Angels, Phillies over Cardinals and Rockies over Braves the division series.
Rays over Yankees in the ALCS. Phillies over Rockies in the NLCS. Phillies over the Rays in a reprise of the 2008 World Series.
For the record, SI picks the White Sox third in the AL Central with a record of 79-83. The Cubs are picked to go 81-81 and place second in the NL Central.
The Sporting News
Division winners in the AL are New York, Minnesota and Los Angeles. Boston as the wild card. NL division winners are Philadelphia, St. Louis and Colorado. Have some Blue Kool-Aid, my friend! They've got that very special Cubbie team as the NL wild card!
Yankees over Twins, Red Sox over Angels, Phillies over Cubs and Cardinals over Rockies in the division series.
Yankees over Red Sox in the ALCS. Phillies over Cards in the NLCS. Living dangerously, they forecast a repeat of last year's World Series result with the Yankees beating the Phillies.
Obviously, they've got the Cubs second in the NL Central. The White Sox are picked second in the AL Central. No win totals are listed.
ESPN The Magazine
In their relentless quest to be "cool," ESPN The Magazine simulated the 2010 season 100 times and then reported its results. It's kinda dumb, but at least they didn't totally saturate the preview with gay porn. Usually, ESPN The Magazine is full of shirtless men. Pictures of shirtless dudes make me vomit, but I digress. Here are their results:
Red Sox, Twins and Mariners win the AL divisions. Yankees are the wild card. Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers in the NL, with the Braves as the wild card.
Red Sox over Twins, Yankees over Mariners, Phillies over Cardinals and Dodgers over Braves in the division series.
Red Sox over Yankees in the ALCS, Phillies over Dodgers in the NLCS. (Gee, we've seen those movies before.)
Imagine this: ESPN has the Red Sox winning the World Series, beating the Phillies. What a bunch of homers.
On average, the White Sox won 76 games in the 100 simulations of the season. The Cubs won 83.
So, there are the crib notes on all the preview magazines I have. You'll have to excuse me now, as I've got plenty of reading to do.