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Sports Illustrated crowns the Astros World Series champs . . . for 2017

Jun 25, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

File this one away for three years from now:

 

Eh, it’s possible that it’s conservative. Not that I would pick the Astros to win it at all anytime soon, as picking such things is a sucker’s game. But if a team does put it together after a lot of futility, it often happens more quickly than you’d expect. The Rays came out of basically nowhere to win the 2008 pennant, for example. When things click, they tend to click fast or they don’t click at all.

  1. nbjays - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    SI needs to get someone a little more accurate throwing their “World Series Champion” prediction darts…

    • stex52 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      The real problem is you can’t ever predict who wins the WS. Too much depends on who gets the breaks in a short series. A couple of at-bats can be the difference.

  2. infieldhit - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Ah, but in 2015, the Cubs win the World Series.

    …Against Miami?

    • schmedley69 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Yes, according to Biff Tannon.

  3. johnnysoda - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I think the Astros brass will be thrilled if they’re even a bit contender by 2017.

    But to say they’ll even make it to the World Series, much less win it, that far in advance takes quite the leap of faith.

    • stex52 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Astros brass don’t broadcast it too widely, but they expect to be fully relevant in 2016. “Relevant” means they could pick up a wild card or win the AL West.

      When you get to the playoffs, it’s all a crapshoot. The key is punching your entry ticket. After that, who knows?

      But it won’t be before 2016. And a fair amount has to go right for that to work out.

    • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Nah, with the deep and talented system they have and the resources to supplement it with FAs, they could and should be contenders by 2016. It is true that they need a lot of guys to continue to develop, but they have so many quality prospects that they don’t need to be particularly luck in that regard.

      • stex52 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Fair point, Paper. But then I look at things like the Correa injury this week and Appel taking a couple of major steps back and I think – well, we will see.

      • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Well….you never know, true….but it is better to have the talent around that can develop into something than to not. I fully expect Taveras to turn into a hitting machine in the majors….but he may never do it (though, is contact rate of 92.5% on pitches both IN and OUT of the zone during his brief call up suggest that he has no problem hitting MLB pitching).

        At this point, they have legitimate MLB players at CF, RF, 2B, 1B, and Catcher…leaving SS, 3B, and LF….and they’ve got some good options for those spots making strides. How well they can fill out a staff is going to be the major hurdle, I think.

  4. danfrommv - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I think the fans of most teams would be happy with one championship in the next 4 seasons. As a life-long Angels, fans, we’ve got a total of 1 over our 53 years of existence. Most teams have more in that time (Sorry Cubs fans).

  5. Carl Hancock - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Meh. The Astros are in the wrong division to make such a bold prediction. Between the A’s streamlined operation that just fields winning teams and the deep pockets of the Angels and Rangers… they have a tough row to hoe. They should have begged to be in the AL Central.

    • jsala02 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      First, Bud Selig only approved Crane as owner if he agreed to move the team (suck it BUD!), second, LA and Texas are going to be stuck with large contracts for underperforming players, i.e. Prince Fielder, Pujols, Hamilton, and you would think Beltre has to slow down sometime. Seattle is Seattle so I wouldn’t be worried about them so they could finish second in the division, win the wild card and win it all.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      “hey should have begged to be in the AL Central.”

      Because they would have been great against the tigers and royals and on select days of the month, the indians, right?

  6. goodellisruiningtheleague - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Look at their Nationals WS prediction…

  7. brandotho - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Ask the Kansas City Royals how all of their young stars panned out

  8. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Um….yeah. So this happened.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/2011/03/21/106048204/royals-flush

    • yahmule - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      “The biggest problem then, strange as it may seem now (we are talking about the three-time-champion Royals), was that Kansas City had trouble finding, developing and affording good players. How did it turn around? How did the Royals reach the playoffs in 2013, win the World Series in ’15 and then dominate the latter part of the decade? Well, it was that minor league system … that amazing Kansas City Royals minor league system.”

      Not exactly Muhammud Ali when it comes to predictions.

    • yahmule - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      “The biggest problem then, strange as it may seem now (we are talking about the three-time-champion Royals), was that Kansas City had trouble finding, developing and affording good players. How did it turn around? How did the Royals reach the playoffs in 2013, win the World Series in ’15 and then dominate the latter part of the decade? Well, it was that minor league system … that amazing Kansas City Royals minor league system.”

      Not exactly Muhammud Ali when it comes to predictions.

  9. chargrz - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    One thing is for sure. It won’t be the Padres.

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