AL EastSo 12 of the 19 experts say the Yankees will stay home this October. Only one -- Rob Neyer -- think the Red Sox will not make the playoffs.
Red Sox (14)
AL Wild Card
Red Sox (4)
Cubs (1) [so sez Pedro Gomez]
Red Sox (3)
Of the three Red Sox pennants:
Tim Kurkjian: Red Sox over MetsAmy Nelson is also picking the Cubs to win the World Series, over Cleveand. The one Yankee pennant picker, Peter Pascarelli [now that's some aliteration], has the Chokers losing to Atlanta.
Eric Karabell: Cubs over Red Sox
Sean McAdam: Red Sox over Diamondbacks
Peter Gammons and Peter Pascarelli pick Manny Ramirez as the AL MVP. Steve Phillips and Karabell went with David Ortiz.
Jayson Stark, Nelson and Pascarelli predict Josh Beckett as the Cy Young winner.
Neyer, Enrique Rojas, Jonah Keri and Nate Ravitz have Clay Buchholz as the AL Rookie of the Year, while Karabell and Phil Rogers picked Jacoby Ellsbury.
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) predicts this finish in the East:
Red SoxHis papermate Jeff Blair also picks the Red Sox to take the East (MFY 2nd) and to defeat the Mets in the World Series.