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With baseball season here at last, it’s time for SoB’s annual MLB Pick ‘Em. After the Yankees won the World Series last year for the first time since 2000 and made it for the first time since 2003, and gave Dennis Leary a stroke in the process, everyone jumped on the Yankees bandwagon, including many of our experts, at least as far as predicting goes.
Seven of nine of the picks this year have the Yankees winning the American League, and for that matter, the Phillies winning the National League, making a World Series rematch the favored outcome. In fact, if both teams do end up winning their leagues, and the probabilities of each successive seed in a league making it to the World Series follow a geometric sequence with ratio 1/x, the odds of both the Phillies and Yankees making it in for a rematch is .2304.
Aside from that prediction, most of us agree that the Red Sox will be the Wildcard team once more, and most of us agree on the Pirates taking over for the Nationals in the basement of the league. The biggest disagreement is over who will win the NL Wildcard; the Braves have the mode. We’re also pretty split between the Rockies/Dodgers as to who will win that division.
So anyway, without further ado, here are the picks, and how they will be scored at season’s end. Who will win? Do you think any of us are making any sense? Be sure to let us know, and stay tuned for for the results, coming in October.
|American League||National League||Tiebreaker|
|Name||AL East||AL Central||AL West||AL Wildcard||NL East||NL Central||NL West||NL Wildcard||Worst Team||2nd Worst Team||3rd Worst Team|
|Brian||Yankees (1)||White Sox (3)||Angels (2)||Rays||Phillies (1)||Cardinals (2)||Dodgers (3)||Cubs||Pirates||Nationals||Blue Jays|
|Erikk||Yankees (1)||Twins (2)||Angels (3)||Red Sox||Phillies (1)||Cardinals (2)||Rockies (3)||Braves||Padres||Pirates||Royals|
|George||Yankees (1)||White Sox (2)||Mariners (3)||Red Sox||Phillies (1)||Cardinals (2)||Rockies (3)||Braves||Pirates||Royals||Nationals|
|John||Yankees (1)||Twins (3)||Mariners (2)||Red Sox||Phillies (1)||Cardinals (2)||Dodgers (3)||Braves||Nationals||Pirates||Royals|
|KC||Yankees (1)||Twins (2)||Mariners (3)||Red Sox||Phillies (1)||Cardinals (2)||Dodgers (3)||Rockies||Pirates||Nationals||Padres|
|Mike C||Rays (1)||Twins (2)||Rangers (3)||Red Sox||Braves (1)||Brewers (2)||Rockies (3)||Phillies||Royals||Astros||Pirates|
|Mike P||Yankees (1)||White Sox (3)||Mariners (2)||Red Sox||Phillies (1)||Cardinals (2)||Dodgers (3)||Rockies||Pirates||Padres||Royals|
|Pete||Yankees (1)||Twins (3)||Mariners (2)||Red Sox||Phillies (1)||Cardinals (3)||Dodgers (2)||Rockies||Pirates||Nationals||Orioles|
|Teddy||Red Sox (2)||Twins (3)||Mariners (1)||Rays||Marlins (2)||Cardinals (1)||Rockies (3)||Phillies||Pirates||Nationals||Indians|