I know, you’re probably scratching your head, sounding something like Tim the Tool Man Taylor – HUGHHMM?  (If you don’t get that one, ask your father!)

Of course someone will win the World Series.  (Okay, technically it will be a team.  Lighten up, will ya’?)

The problem is, this has been one of the weirdest seasons in a long time.  Predicting the World Series winner, or even which two teams will make it there to do battle, is nearly impossible.

Don’t believe me?  Okay, go ask ten people who they think will win it all this year.  Go ahead, I’ll wait!

………..You’re finally back?  I thought you got lost!  So, did you ask ten people?  You did?  And how many different answers did you get?  Six?  Really?  I would have guessed eight, but that’s close enough to make my point.

So now you’re asking “Why the lack of a clear favorite?”  That’s a very good question.  I’m glad you asked.  But if you’d been watching the last month of the regular season, you’d already have a pretty good idea of the answer.

For seven of the ten teams that made it to the post season, the playoffs began about three or four weeks ago.  Only the three NL divisional winners knew they’d be here back then.

Heck, in the AL, two of the three divisional titles weren’t clinched until game # 162!  And the other one was clinched around game # 160.

Let’s go even farther.  Did you make any early season predictions?  Yes you did, you just don’t want to admit it because they were so far off.  You can be honest, we’re all friends here!

Hey I didn’t do any better than you did.  Back on April 14, 2012, (see “BASEBALL HAS FINALLY STARTED – AND THE WINNERS ARE…”) I made my early picks.  Five of the ten teams that I picked didn’t even make the playoffs, including my NL representative for the World Series!

I updated my picks on August 22, 2012 (see “MLB – HOMESTRETCH PREDICTIONS FOR 2012”) and did a little bit better.  This time I actually got eight out of ten correct.  Unfortunately I picked Texas to win it all!  (At the time of this writing, the Rangers were already on their second day of golf!)

So who will I pick now?  How strategic will I be?  How deep will my analysis go?  Not very far.

The Cincinnati Reds will beat the New York Yankees in seven games.  The Reds are that good and the Yankees are peaking at the right time.

That’s it!  I’m not going any further than that.  The way the season has gone, the odds are good that at least one of those teams will get upset in the divisional round.  The only thing I know for sure is this….

Someone will win the World Series!



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