Every year during spring training, I pick what teams I think are going to make the postseason. Last year, I was actually correct about 75% of my picks, which was amazing!
Ehhhh…not so much.
I did not do as well with my picks this year, but to be fair, no one did. Every sports writer and blogger out there looks a bit silly because the teams we all picked to win are not present (for the most part). So, let’s see how well I did! Please don’t laugh…
Spring training pick: Boston Red Sox
Actual winner: Toronto Blue Jays
Weeeeelllllll…..I really screwed the pooch on this one. I was tantalized with the Red Sox “alleged” slugging ability and how they were saying their “rotation” could contend with the rest of the division. Yeeeahhhh. That didn’t work out so well. I’m so embarrassed with my pick I can’t stand it.
Spring training pick: Detroit Tigers
Actual winner: Kansas City Royals
Again, I am deeply embarrassed by my pick, but not as embarrassed as I am for the pitiful baseball the Tigers played this year. To be fair (to myself), I DID preface my pick in spring training by say that I was not sure who could win the division. So, you know, I only take 75% of the blame for this crap-tastic pick.
Spring training pick: Seattle Mariners
Actual winner: Texas Rangers
God, I sucked so hard this year! But not as hard as the Mariners!! HA! But let’s be real: no one, not even the Rangers, saw themselves winning this division. NO ONE. And no one expected the Rangers, or the Astros for that matter, to be as good as they were and no one was expecting the M’s to be as bad as they were. I’m spreading collective blame around for this bad pick.
Spring training pick: Washington Nationals
Actual winner: New York Mets
Ok, the Nats should have won this division. As good as the Mets were this year, it was the Nats’ division to lose. And boy oh boy did they lose it. The Nats were one of the most underwhelming and underperforming teams in all of baseball this year. I mean, you know your season went down the crapper when Jonathan Papelbon chokes out Bryce Harper…Not that anyone was really surprised Papelbon choked someone. Or that Bryce Harper got choked.
Spring training pick: St. Louis Cardinals
Actual winner: St. Louis Cardinals
I GOT ONE RIGHT YOU GUYS.
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Actual winner: Los Angeles Dodgers
I GOT TWO RIGHT YOU GUYS. OMG.
AL Wild Cards:
Spring training picks: Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals
Actual winners: Houston Astros and New York Yankees
Thankfully, my pinstriped boos made it to the postseason!!!! And, just like I thought would happen, they sh*t the bed once they got there. Now, in my defense, the Angels were one game away from making the postseason and the Royals are in the postseason. So, in all actuality, these picks are not bad at all. Or at least that’s how I’m consoling myself.
NL Wild Cards:
Spring Training picks: Giants and Marlins
Actual winners: Chicago Cubs and Pittsburg Pirates
Oh, how foolish was I to think that the Giants could make it to the postseason in an odd-numbered year! And how foolish was I to think that the Marlins might actually be good! Welp, good try, Hannah. Good try.
Soooooo if we are counting, I went 2/8 this year. That is not good. I mean, technically in baseball that is good ’cause that means I’m batting .250, but still. I guess I can take solace in the fact that my .250 picking average is better than Stephen Drew’s batting average all year. If you need me, I will be mourning my Yankees and the fact that I don’t get to watch my boo-thang A-Rod play for another 4-5 months. He’ll still be my pretend boyfriend, though, so don’t feel too bad for me.