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ESPN has 49 experts making predictions

Apr 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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I thought it was kind of excessive that four of the HBT writers offered our predictions earlier. But that’s nothin’: ESPN has 49 experts doing picks.

There’s nothing so crazy as Steve Berthiaume picking the Astros last year — this year his craziest thing is the Marlins in the NL East — but if you peruse it awhile you’re bound to find some fun weirdness.

All of that said, I think there is more lockstep thinking among baseball writers — ourselves at HBT included — than in many previous years. Not sure why that is, but there you have it.

  1. illegalblues - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    how come they all didn’t pick the phillies

  2. legacybroken - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    As a Tigers fan Im not sure how I feel about us being the unanimous AL Central champs. On one hand it makes me feel good about the team this year but on otherhand it worries me that we’re being setup for a major letdown.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      You are a mid-season pickup of Roy Oswalt away from the sort of ‘ring or rage’ fandom that Yankee fans have known for a couple of decades now.

      It takes sometime to get used to being a proper underdog-loving american sitting in the stands, and rooting for Goliath to squash David every night.

  3. RickyB - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    I find it interesting that 12 of the 49 picked a wild card team to make it to the World Series, even with the extra game those teams must win before having to win two more playoff series to get there. And four picked wild card teams to win the Series. But you can’t beat “expert” Curt Schilling (oh God I just threw up in my mouth) who had both World Series teams making through the wild card.

    • hansob - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      I think it makes a little sense. If Utley and Howard are back later in the year, and they can throw only Halladay, Lee, and Hamels in the playoffs, the Phillies could easily be the team to beat in the NL in the playoffs, but only win 85-90 games in the regular season.

      Not that I’d put money on it if they did have to get past one extra game…

    • rooney24 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Often the wild card team (now teams) are on a hot streak at the end of the season. I don’t know if I would pick it that way to start a season, but in reality they are often surging late.

  4. hansob - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Matthew Berry has the Yankees missing the playoffs.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Hail Berry!

  5. thefalcon123 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    They were 0-45 last year when picking eventual World Series Participants. Perhaps they can up that a bit this year. The Cardinals I can get, but how did not one expert pick the Rangers to make it to the 2011 WS last year?

  6. Matthew Pouliot - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Just to clarify, that should really read 48 experts and Jim Bowden.

    • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Dang, Mathew, that’s chilly. But, given that this is Jim Bowden…meh.
      Jim Bowden, you have been shown the red card. What will you do?

  7. thinman61 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I could totally see the Marlins winning the NL East this year. And I totally want to pick the Indians to win the AL Central this year just because all the experts are going with the Tigers.

  8. mrjavascript - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I’m surprised that only one ESPN staff member picked the Red Sox to win it all. I thought there’d be 48 other similar predictions…

  9. CJ - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    My prediction about their predictions is that not a single one of them will each one right.

  10. El Bravo - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I choose pie.

    • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      You have a 22/7 chance of being wrong. Those aint good odds. Stick with cake. Cake’s never wrong.

      • 24missed - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        See this is the cake/pie thing I don’t get. Wonderwoman rules.

        Completely off the topic that is completely off the topic, a bit of help is needed. Well, a lot of help. I’ll squiggle some baseball so it isn’t all that off-the-off topic.

        Okay. I suck at swimming. I want to swim this summer because it is good for me and I love the beach. That said, I haven’t worn a bathing suit since I can remember. I hit the beach years ago in tees and shorts to hide the bod. I have a hard time finding a bathing suit. Now, there’s a reason. The top is pretty big in comparison to the rest of me and I’d like to say I’m comfortable in my own skin, blah, blah, blah…but, I’m not. I’d prefer to hide the top, esp. if I hit the local high school pool for some lessons (yes, I’m that bad at swimming) but am vain enough to not want to look fat in a bathing suit. I’m not sure if a one piece will be a better choice given the boobz or some sort of (ugh) two piece. I don’t want to look enormous either way.

        If you made it through that I appreciate it. Sorry to be such a girl.

        And I know, El Bravo, Boobz. (see that’s my baseball reference)

      • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Hold me back, boys: every fiber of my Y chromosome is DEMANDING to be heard on this topic! Ok. self control. Deep breath. Right. Suitable bathing suit for the young lady with the, er, chest problem…(*help me, lord*)…right…ok, I got it: bikini, red. Over top, short shorts (Dasiy Dukes, lets say), and black middy t-shirt: that’s my recommendation for swim wear. The black shirt will tone down the er, chest stuff (*whimper*) and the shorts mean you can be dressed for swimming or dondering about flaunting the fact that you need a black t-shirt to tone down the…chest (*whine*). Why red bikini? ‘Cause I LIKE girls in red bikinis, that’s why. In all seriousness, I sure hope this has been some help, 24. If not, I suggest you ask some of the ladies on here what to do, ’cause I’ve got a highly focused mind when it comes to some things. Sorry.

      • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        All right. Some of the blood has stopped zooming around my person. I’m thinking a little clearer here: your bathing suit will need to be black, regardless of one or 2 piece. Best color for toning down size. So, you’re still probably stuck with a 2 piece, but, go with something with vertical lines on it in mostly black, especially around the, er, chestal regions and you might be ok. I’m going to say NOT a 1 piece unless you are as pale as a ghost, then maybe that is what you want. But, IMO, getting a tan will help and then a black bathing suit to reduce the apparent size and any sort of vertical stripe will give you a leaner profile and encourage the eye that beholds you to see length rather than width. Now I must go and find some ice…and lie down for a bit.

      • 24missed - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:03 PM


        Thank you so much!

        My boobz thank you. I am pale as a ghost, says the Irish woman with the farmer’s tan. I am so grateful for your input. I think tomorrow is designated Bathing Suit Hunting Season.

        You are killing me with the blood zooming around your person. I thought I was going to choke on that one. Punny? I would normally make some sort of not really mysterious reference to helping you with the ice, but this time I’ll just thank you for all your help. And making me laugh really, really hard.

        I do have Daisy Dukes, but I don’t wear ’em.
        And I learned a big lesson from the Ozzie is a butt man the other day: I went out and bought a pair of non-baggy pants. I actually own a pair of pants that my arse is visible in. This is a gargantuan adjustment for someone like me.

        Thank you, my Stud!

      • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Why doesn’t everyone have an HBT Girlfriend? This is the most joy baseball has ever brought me.

      • 24missed - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM


        I am so blessed to call you my HBT boyfriend. The joy is reciprocated.

        You are damned good at answering the off-off topic questions. I have myriads of them. Bombarding you slowly is my plan of action so you will not be overwhelmed and back off.

        Not a bad gig to be the HBT girlfriend of the biggest stud on the board. Not at all.

    • wendell7 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Bravo, I am cracking up. I regret that I have but one “thumb up” to give that comment

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Pie is no good, even the Rockies got rid of their pie…

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        Dammit! Indians! Indians! EDIT FUNCTION

      • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        Doesn’t matter: they’da got rid of ‘im too.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Maybe each of the 45 should pick a different team [;-)]. Then at least one would be right.

  12. Gobias Industries - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Wow, 49 experts?! Although the ESPN copier repairman is picking the Denver Nuggets to win the National League Adams Division so I’m a little skeptical of their definition of “expert”.

    • paperlions - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      If they would post the copy repair man’s picks; I would bet even money on his picks over at least 1/2 of their “experts”

  13. sleepyirv - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Will the Red Sox repeat? ( I assume ESPN makes its predictions in an alternate universe where they’re always right.)

    • 24missed - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Francona chose them as the wild card. That was very, very generous of him.

    • itsmekirill - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      They already repeated.

      At missing the playoffs.

  14. phukyouk - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Adam Rubin’s pick is my favorite.

  15. cleverbob - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    If you have 2 starting QB’s, you really have none. Likewise, if you have 49 experts, you really have none.

  16. thefalcon123 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Here an intersting fact:

    Here are the 2012 NL Predictions for Dave Cameron (of Fangraphs) at ESPN:
    East: Phillies
    Central: Cardinals
    West: Giants
    Champion: St. Louis (WS champions over Yankees)

    Here are Cameron’s 2012 NL predictions at Fangraphs (
    East: Phillies
    Central: Reds
    West: Diamondbacks
    Champion (Miami, winning the wild card)

    Which Dave Cameron will prove to be more accurate? As a Cards fan, I hope ESPN Dave Cameron schools that bitch Fangraphs Dave Cameron.

    • cur68 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      I shall take Fangraphs Dave to beat ESPN Dave. Let us see, in 7 months time, who’s Dave is better, shall we? I like my Dave’s chances.

  17. gostros19 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Love ya, Steve

  18. antlerclaws - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Only 7 out of 49 picked an NL team to win the World Series (5 Philly and 2 St. Louis). Prediction: NL loses All-Star Game this year!

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