In my preseason predictions over on the Juice Blog this year, I picked the Cubs to win the World Series. Last year, my preseason prediction was right, as I picked the Cardinals to win it all. The year before, I didn't make a preseason World Series prediction, but my postseason playoff prediction formula correctly predicted the White Sox as champions. This formula, which relies solely on the number of errors each team committed during the season (and accurately picks the Division Series winner 67% of the time), fell apart last year with a number of ties in error totals. This year, there are no ties: it predicts the Cubs to lose the Series to the Yankees.
The formula says:
(LDS: pick the team with the fewest errors)
Rockies (68 errors) over Phillies (89).
Cubs (94) over Diamondbacks (106).
Yankees (88) over Indians (92).
Red Sox (81) over Angels (101).
(LCS: reverse it, and pick the team with the most errors)
Cubs over Rockies.
Yankees over Red Sox.
(World Series: pick the team with the fewest errors)
Yankees over Cubs.
OK, so which one do I choose as my final answer--my formula or my preseason choice? Picking the Yankees is boring. I'll go with my preseason one--the errors formula works better in the LDS than in later rounds, anyway. Plus, I'd rather have fun than be right, any day. Go Cubs!
Feel free to leave your own playoff predictions in the comments.
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Congratulations to the Seattle Mariners for winning the highly coveted title of Heavyweight of the Year. They swept the Texas Rangers in the final weekend of the year to take the crown.
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I should probably add the disclaimer that while I've had some success in making predictions in general, I totally suck at predicting the AL West. Whenever I pick the A's, the Angels win the division, and vice versa. Clearly, I know nothing at all about that particular division.