With the Yankees almost officially eliminated and the playoffs essentially set, I wanted to look back at my predictions made before the season. I will break things down by division.
I totally blew the AL East. I picked Tampa and Boston to both make the playoffs and the Orioles to finish last. The only saving grace is I had the Yankees in third at 85-77, which won’t be far off from where they finish.
I picked the Tigers to win the AL Central, but had Cleveland finishing second and the Royals third. Theoretically, that could still happen, but I doubt it. That’s the only thing that will prevent me from picking the division completely correctly as I had Chicago and Minnesota finishing 4-5. I also said Phil Hughes would have a “nice” year. (15-10, 3.61 ERA and 200 IP is pretty nice!)
I got the top of the AL West correct with Anaheim-Oakland going 1-2, but I thought Texas would be better and Seattle worse. I even expected Robinson Cano to be playing meaningless games in August. Whoops!
I picked Oakland to beat Boston in the wild card.
I picked Tampa to beat Anaheim and Detroit to beat Oakland with Tampa winning the pennant.
So, I got three of the six playoff teams, but the ones I missed crippled my “bracket”.
Over int he NL East I had Washington winning the crown with Atlanta second. That can certainly happen, but my assertion that this was a “two-tier” division with Washington and Atlanta being miles ahead of everyone else was clearly wrong.
In the NL Central, I had the Cards winning the division and the Reds beating the Pirates out for a wild card.
The NL West was my best division as I am 5/5 in my picks with only the chance that the Rockies and Diamondbacks switch places threatening a perfect division.
I picked San Francisco and Cincinnati for the wild card with the Giants winning. I picked LA to beat them and the Senators to beat St. Louis with the Dodgers advancing to the World Series and winning it. So, my NL picks are very healthy.