How Does Someone Become A Fantasy Baseball Expert?

The answer to the age of old question of “Who are these fantasy baseball experts and what qualifies them?” (I guess that’s two questions) is still unknown to me. I guess one of my missions when I’m not talking about my actual fantasy baseball season(s) is to make myself appear as if I am an expert thus proving it takes little more than watching a little bit, reading a lot, and understanding the game.

Baseball has always been something in the back of my mind. My sports knowledge comes naturally and it started at a young age. It was not until I was even older when I realized all of the little things that had once gone unnoticed. Certainly I am no expert. Experts get paid to do whatever they have an expertise at. They have pictures of them wearing suits and ties on their sites. I don’t own a tie. I own a suit jacket I bought from Goodwill though. That has to count for something.

In this post I would like to compare my season predictions with the ones I found in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated. Yeah, that magazine still exists. A few days ago I made my predictions on where teams will finish. I had not received this magazine until after and now I’m going to see where the experts think teams will finish as opposed to where some dope with a blog thinks they will.

Below my predictions are in regular type and the experts are in italics. Beside their number I have placed the differential either a minus or compared to mine.

AL East

Toronto Blue Jays 94-68

Tampa Bay Rays 92-70

Baltimore Orioles 83-79

New York Yankees 79-83

Boston Red Sox 75-87

Tampa Bay Rays 92-70 (0)

Toronto Blue Jays 91-71 (-3)

New York Yankees 82-80 (+3)

Baltimore Orioles 82-80 (-1)

Boston Red Sox 77-85 (+2)

AL Central

Detroit Tigers 91-71

Chicago White Sox 84-78

Kansas City Royals 79-83

Cleveland Indians 69-93

Minnesota Twins 64-98

Detroit Tigers 94-68 (+3)

Kansas City Royals 83-79 (+4)

Chicago White Sox 81-81 (-3)

Cleveland Indians 75-87 (+6)

Minnesota Twins 60-102 (-4)

AL West

Los Angeles Angels 86-76

Texas Rangers 83-79

Oakland Athletics 77-85

Seattle Mariners 68-94

Houston Astros 52-110

Los Angeles Angels 95-67 (+9)

Texas Rangers 91-71 (+8)

Oakland Athletics 90-72 (+13)

Seattle Mariners 78-84 (+10)

Houston Astros 50-112 (-2)

NL East

Washington Nationals 96-66

Atlanta Braves 85-77

Philadelphia Phillies 82-80

New York Mets 75-87

Miami Marlins 68-94

Washington Nationals 100-62 (+4)

Atlanta Braves 95-67 (+10)

Philadelphia Phillies 82-80 (0)

New York Mets 75-87 (0)

Miami Marlins 60-102 (-8)

NL Central

Cincinnati Reds 92-70

St. Louis Cardinals 87-75

Milwaukee Brewers 84-78

Pittsburgh Pirates 81-81

Chicago Cubs 73-89

Cincinnati Reds 95-67 (+3)

St. Louis Cardinals 83-79 (-4)

Milwaukee Brewers 77-85 (-7)

Pittsburgh Pirates 76-86 (-5)

Chicago Cubs 67-85 (-6)

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers 89-73

San Francisco Giants 88-74

Arizona Diamondbacks 80-82

Colorado Rockies 72-90

San Diego Padres 71-91

San Francisco Giants 91-71 (+3)

Los Angeles Dodgers 90-72 (+1)

Arizona Diamondbacks 79-83 (-1)

San Diego Padres 71-91 (0)

Colorado Rockies 68-94 (-4)

Playoffs:

AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay defeats Chicago (AL)

NL Wild Card: San Francisco defeats St. Louis

AL Wild Card: Toronto defeats Texas

NL Wild Card: Los Angeles (NL) defeats Atlanta

Round 1:

Toronto defeats Tampa Bay (I’m pretty sure the new rules allows them to play each other in the first round)

Los Angeles (AL) defeats Detroit

Toronto defeats Los Angeles (AL)

Tampa Bay defeats Detroit

(We have the same 4 teams reaching the final four with different match-ups. If the match-ups worked out the way they have it I would agree with them, but it would not change the end result)

Washington defeats San Francisco

Los Angeles (NL) defeats Cincinnati

Washington defeats Los Angeles (NL)

Cincinnati defeats San Francisco

(Again, the same exact situation where we have the same four teams. I have more faith in the Los Angeles teams and I see it being really hyped at an all LA World Series)

Round 2:

Toronto defeats Los Angeles (AL)

Washington defeats Los Angeles (NL)

Tampa Bay defeats Toronto

Washington defeats Cincinnatti

World Series:

Toronto defeats Washington in 6

Washington defeats Tampa Bay (they did not say in how many games, cowards)

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So what did we learn? The only divisions we disagree on for the most part are the AL West and the NL Central. I see where they are coming from with the AL West as they will each play 18 games against the hapless Astros. They have the NL Central playing pretty pathetic though which does not seem right. Keep in mind I didn’t look at schedules or anything like that which I hope they did. Baseball is a sport with such a minimal win differential. Even the best team, according to them, will lose 62 times. Only in baseball can this happen.

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