April 5, 2004

Predictions, Part 6. The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy, Bob Ryan, Bob Hohler and Michael Holley offer their predictions:
               Shaughnessy   Ryan         Hohler        Holley

AL East Boston Boston Boston Boston
AL Central Minnesota Kansas City Kansas City Cleveland
AL West Anaheim Anaheim Anaheim Anaheim
AL Wild Card Yankees Yankees Yankees Yankees

NL East Phillies Phillies Phillies Florida
NL Central Houston Cubs Houston Cubs
NL West Los Angeles Arizona San Francisco San Diego
NL Wild Card Cubs Houston Cubs Houston

AL Pennant Boston Boston Boston Anaheim
NL Pennant Cubs Cubs Cubs Houston

World Series Boston Boston Boston Angels
Game 7: 18 inn.
Lynn Henning, Detroit News: "The Red Sox are going to win it all this season. East Division title. American League pennant. World Series. ... Boston is the best team in baseball this season, much better than even the Yankees. Better lineup. Better pitching. ... The Yankees won't go easily. It'll be a bayonet fight through September. But this time it's the Red Sox."

Steve Bisheff, Orange County Register:
AL: Red Sox, Twins, Mariners, Yankees (wc); AL Pennant: Red Sox; MVP: Keith Foulke
NL: Phillies, Cubs, Giants, Astros (wc); NL Pennant: Cubs; MVP: Jim Thome; World Series: Cubs

From the Chicago Sun Times:
                AL East    Wild Card   Pennant    NL Pennant  World Series

Mike Kiley Red Sox Yankees Athletics Cubs Cubs
Doug Padilla Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Phillies Red Sox
Toni Ginnetti Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Cubs Red Sox
Chris De Luca Yankees Mariners Yankees Phillies Phillies
Jay Mariotti Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Astros Yankees
Rick Telander Yankees Red Sox Yankees Astros Yankees
I'm assuming it's a typo, but if Jay Mariotti's picks actually come true -- the Red Sox win the pennant, but the Yankees win the World Series -- then I'll be convinced there is a curse.

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