Now that the 2008 Major League Baseball regular season has drawn to a close, it's time to see how well (or poorly) I was able to prognosticate the final standings. Back in March, I posted on my Sporting News blog my predictions for each of the baseball divisions. Today, I take a look back at my AL East predictions. (Note: My AL Central predictions seem to have disappeared, so you won't be seeing them revisited!)
First, my predictions:
1. Red Sox
2. Blue Jays
What really happened? The 2008 AL East standings:
1. Rays (97 - 65)
2. Red Sox (95 - 67)
3. Yankees (89 - 73)
4. Blue Jays (86 - 76)
5. Orioles (68 - 93)
Well, I got the Orioles and Yankees spots right....and I got the Red Sox making the playoffs. I simply picked the wrong "little guy" to beat the Yanks!
I recall wanting to pick the Rays to be my sleeper team, but I looked at their team closely and didn't think they had enough pitching nor offense to compete - how wrong I was on that one! The Blue Jays were my disappointment of the year (and the Tigers of course), I truly thought they'd be decent. Of course, it's hard to say that they weren't decent, they did finish 10 games over .500...
Overall, I give myself a B+ for my AL East predictions. Next up, my AL West predictions...where clearly I might have made a few "minor" mistakes. Stay tuned.