Forty-five ESPN.com “experts” made their picks for the 2011 season. Here are their predictions for the AL East…
We don’t expect all of these talking heads to be stats savvy, or even up on everything that happens with every team (although that is kind of their job). But it is a little surprising that everybody is drinking the Red Sox Kool-Aid.
In contrast, several projection systems have the Red Sox just two wins better than the Yankees. And yet 100 percent of the ESPN.com experts picked the Sox to win the division, and 73.3 percent have them winning it all.
Meanwhile, only five (8.9%) of the experts have the Rays making the playoffs. That is well-below the projection systems that say the Rays have a 29.4 percent shot at the postseason.
By the way, Jonah Keri is one of the experts. He has the Red Sox winning the division (and the World Series), with the Yankees as the Wild Card team. Et t Jonah?