Adding up the predictions posted at ESPN, CBSSportsline, CNNSI, and Fox Sports, 60 of 66 prognosticators believe the Red Sox will be playing in the 2011 World Series.
I posted ESPN's picks earlier. Here are the others:ESPN: 42 of 45 CBS: 8 of 8 CNNSI: 9 of 12 Fox: 1 of 1 60 of 66 (91%)
AL EAST WILD CARD AL PENNANT WORLD SERIES Evan Brunell Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Larry Dobrow Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Danny Knobler Red Sox Tigers Red Sox Atlanta Al Melchior Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Scott Miller Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox C. Trent Rosecrans Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Matt Snyder Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox Scott White Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox MVP CY YOUNG ROOKIE MANAGER Evan Brunell AGonzalez Lester Hellickson Maddon Larry Dobrow AGonzalez Sabathia Hellickson Guillen Danny Knobler MCabrera Lester Sale Leyland Al Melchior AGonzalez Hernandez Pineda Guillen Scott Miller AGonzalez Verlander Hellickson Francona C. Trent Rosecrans AGonzalez Price Hellickson Geren Matt Snyder Teixeira Lester Carter Geren Scott White Teixeira Verlander Hellickson Guillen Comeback Player of Year: Ellsbury (Melchior); Beckett (White) HR Champion: AGonzalez (Miller) Bust: Buchholz (Brunell)Scott Miller, CBSSports.com Senior Writer:
1. Red Sox: The Green Monster is about to become Adrian Gonzalez's personal housebroken pet. You watch: By midsummer, it'll even roll over for a belly rub from Boston's new first baseman. ...
American League: Yankees. Best second-place team $200 million can buy. ...
Red Sox over Rockies: Fortunes have changed so dramatically in Boston over the past decade that now you only have to be 4 years old to say, "If the Red Sox can just win the World Series, I can die peacefully." ...
AL MVP [and HR Champ]: Adrian Gonzalez. He finished fourth in NL MVP voting last year. Now, in a ballpark that won't swallow his long fly balls and backed by a killer pitching staff, Gonzalez is an MVP in waiting. ...
AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona. Like an actor who wins an Oscar after years of near-misses, Francona is primed for the award after last season's excellent job of keeping an injury-ravaged team in contention.
AL EAST WILD CARD PENNANT WORLD SERIES Tom Verducci Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox over Giants Jon Heyman Red Sox Yankees Rangers Rockies over Rangers Joe Posnanski Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Phillies over Red Sox Joe Lemire Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox over Reds Ben Reiter Red Sox Rays Red Sox Red Sox over Phillies Albert Chen Yankees Red Sox White Sox Phillies over White Sox Lee Jenkins Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox over Phillies Ted Keith Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Phillies over Red Sox Joe Sheehan Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Reds over Red Sox Cliff Corcoran Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Phillies over Red Sox Tim Marchman Red Sox Rays White Sox Phillies over White Sox Mel Antonen Red Sox A's Red Sox Giants over Red Sox MVP CY YOUNG ROOKIE Tom Verducci AGonzalez Verlander Hellickson Jon Heyman ARodriguez Sabathia Trumbo Joe Posnanski ARodriguez Lester Moustakas Joe Lemire ARodriguez Lester Hellickson Ben Reiter Crawford Lester Hellickson Albert Chen AGonzalez Verlander Pineda Lee Jenkins Mauer Lester Drabek Ted Keith Mauer Hernandez Hellickson Joe Sheehan Longoria Hernandez Hellickson Cliff Corcoran AGonzalez Hernandez Hellickson Tim Marchman AGonzalez Hernandez Hellickson Mel Antonen Crawford Cahill Britton
Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports:
Red Sox: If Beckett and Lackey falter, guess what? They’re as vulnerable as the Yankees.
Yankees: Only question is which starting pitcher — or two — they will acquire.
Rays: Much depends upon the bullpen, which will be a season-long work in progress.
Wild Card: Yankees
ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees
NLCS: Atlanta over Rockies
World Series: Red Sox over Atlanta
MVP: Alex Rodriguez
Cy Young: Jon Lester
Rookie: Brett Lawrie
Manager: Terry Francona