This has been brought up by a couple YFs, and for good reason.
The ESPN pundits have voted overwhelmingly, 9-1, that the Red Sox will beat the Angels in the first round.
Great, now I’m worried.
To be fair, they’re not all yahoos like Steve Phillips. Gammons (3 games to 1), Stark (3-2), Neyer (3-2), Olney (3-2) and Kurkjian (3-2) all pick the Sox. Kruk and Baker weren’t even given a vote, so that’s good. And, given the reasons I’ve cited before, I happen to agree the Sox have a very good shopt of advancing to the ALCS. Still, when ESPN starts singing your praises, run the other way.
Somehow, though, they also overwhelmingly choose the Indians to beat the Yankees — Neyer thinks Cleveland takes it in four! — with only Stark, Caple and Bryant (who?) picking New York. Most bizarre? Tim Kurkjian, who on ESPNEWS last night said the Yankees are the team to beat because they’ve been so hot, picks the Tribe in five! Apparently, the cult of Sabathia has taken hold of Bristol, Conn.
Consider this your afternoon thread of prognostication for the ALDS.