Forty-five “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 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?



  1. Mark E says:

    SWEET! This is great news -- The ESPN staff is CLUELESS.

  2. Hal says:

    Perfect. When do we get any love from ESPN anyway? I still don't buy the Sawx. Yes, they got CC and Gonzalez, but are they really going to be that much more productive than Beltre and Martinez? Gonzalez played in the NL West - not exactly the AL East. Not too many guys see their numbers go up or even hold steady making that change. I know, his swing fits Fenway, blah, blah, blah... What starter did they sign again?

  3. Ron says:

    I just want them to be competitive and play hard for 162 games. What happens after that, happens.


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