Last year, in Street & Smith’s now defunct. Here is Kramer & Kramer’s Official 2016 Yearbook, we discussed the doleful demise of the magazine Street & Smith’s that for decades had predicted and mis-predicted baseball’s winners.
In its place, we offered our own prognostications. Alas, as seen in Grading Kramer & Kramer’s 2016 baseball predictions, our crystal ball was cloudy. I self-graded my predictions at a C + while having to give Eugene a D.
Chastened, this year we are instead inviting Talker’s to submit your own predictions for the 2017 baseball season. And to the victor shall go the spoils. The winner receives $100 dollars in cold cash.
The premise is simple. Either through email at email@example.com or in the comment section below, make your playoff predictions. You need to pick the Wild Cards for each league, the Division Series winners, the League Championship winners and the World Series winner. Whoever is closest wins $100.
To provide an example, I went to Topp’s to check out the wannabe Street and Smith’s. At first, I could not find a single magazine that actually predicts team winners. The shelf is filled with nothing but mags geared toward fantasy baseball that merely rate individual players. Apostasy!
Thankfully, I found that USA Today did offer a full season prediction.
As did USA TODAY, you simply have to say who will be the Wild Cards for each league, the Division Series winners, the League Championship winners and the World Series winner. Whoever is closest wins $100. Either through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comment section below, make your playoff predictions.
To start the crystal ball rolling, my predictions this year will be more with the head than the heart. Last year, I was burnt by making the Twins and Yankees sentimental picks.
So — mostly in lock step with USA TODAY — it will be Giants, Mets as NL Wild Cards, Rangers, Blue Jays as AL Wild Cards, NL Division Winners will be Cubs and Dodgers and AL Division Winners will be Red Sox and Indians.
But here my resolve weakens. I pick the Indians to beat the Red Sox and face the Cubs in rematch.
There has not been a World Series rematch since ’77 and ’78 when the Yankees beat the Dodgers twice. Before expansion and expanded playoffs, rematches were not uncommon. No longer today.
In the rematch, much as it loathes me, I pick Cubs over Indians. The last time the Cubs won back to back was 1908 when they beat the Tigers in what was also a rematch of the 1907 world series.
So send along your own predictions. We haven’t quite decided how to weight each prediction. For example, is it harder to pick the Wild Cards or the Division Series winner?
Nonetheless, the winner will receive $100 in cold cash.
You have until May 1st to enter.
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