An Accountability Moment

Well, since the first half of the season is now complete, I thought that I’d revisit

my pre-season predictions

and see how I’m doing.

I picked the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers to be the National League Division champs with the Atlanta Braves being the wild card.

Let’s just say that I’m doing only so-so. If I were a left-handed pitcher, I might be Trever Miller. The Mets and Brewers are indeed leading their respective divisions. The Brewers have the best record in the National League, and the only team with a bigger division lead than the Brewers is the Boston Red Sox. However, the Dodger sit in third place in the NL West with my third-place prediction, the San Diego Padres, leading the division. I was right about the Diamondbacks being the second-place team. I was also right about the NL West in that I had the Rockies in fourth and the Giants bringing up the rear.

I had the NL East as the Mets, Braves, Phillies, Marlins, and finally the Nationals. Guess what, I nailed this division. As that’s just the order in which these teams stand. I was wrong, so far, in picking the Braves for the wild card. The current wild card is the Diamondbacks.

As for the NL Central, I had, in this order, the Brewers, Cardinals, Astros, Cubs, Reds, and Pirates. I had faith in the Brewers, and the team is making others into believers. However, that’s about all that I got right in this division. The Cubs actually sit in second place, followed by the Cardinals, the Pirates, the Astros, and the Reds.

For the American League, I picked the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and the Oakland A’s to be division champs with the Minnesota Twins as the wild card. Let’s just say that if I were a pitcher I’d be Rick White – and out of a job – on the basis of these picks.

Who knew the Yankees would so completely fall apart? And I had no faith in the Red Sox. As is, I predicted the AL East to be the Yankees, the Blue Jays, the Red Sox, the Devil Rays, and the Orioles. So far, it’s the Red Sox, the Blue Jays, the Yankees, the Orioles, and the Devil Rays. Yeah, I know, that’s not so good.

But I haven’t gotten to the AL Central, yet. I picked it to be the Tigers, the Twins, the White Sox, the Indians, then the Royals. It’s actually the Indians, the Tigers, the Twins, the White Sox, and the Royals. But I still don’t have faith in the Indians pitching staff, and the Twins are known as a second-half team, but let’s just say that things are looking good for my credibility.

Finally there’s the AL West. I had the A’s, the Angels, the Rangers, and the Mariners. Boy, have I blown this one? It’s the Angels, the Mariners, the A’s, then the Rangers.

So, the AL playoff teams, as of now, are the Red Sox, the Indians, the Angels, and the Tigers as the wild card.

My playoff predictions were the Brewers beating the Braves and the Mets beating the Dodgers before beating the Brewers. The Tigers were going to beat the A’s and the Twins were going to beat the Yankees and the Tigers were going to beat the Mets in the World Series.

So, my World Series prediction can still come through, and except for the AL East, most of my division picks can still end up being right.

Just don’t go betting the house on it. – John Royal

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