We’ve already mentioned how ESPN the Magazine and Sports Illustrated both picked the Nats to win the World Series. But a broader survey of 8 billion baseball expert types reveals that yeah, there are heady expectations this season.
At ESPN.com, 16 of 43 experts — including Jim Bowden, Jayson Stark, Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian — have the Nationals winning the World Series. Thirteen more experts — including Manny Acta — have the Nats losing in the World Series, meaning 29 of the 43 have the Nats winning the NL pennant.
The New York Times’s Tyler Kepner has the Nats winning the World Series.
At SiriusXM MLB Network Radio, 3 of 10 experts have the Nationals winning the World Series. Four more have the Nats losing in the World Series. (See below.)
At Yahoo Sports, 3 of 4 experts have the Nationals winning the World Series.
At CBS Sports, 4 of 6 experts predict the Nats will win the World Series; the other 2 have the Nats losing in the Series.
At Fox Sports, 1 of 2 experts has the Nats winning the World Series.
At MLB.com, 9 out of 19 experts have the Nats winning the World Series, and 4 more have them losing to the AL rep.
At SI.com, 4 of 7 experts have the Nats winning the World Series, with one more predicting a World Series loss.
Local Nats reporters also made predictions; 4 of 11 predicted a World Series title, and 5 more predicted the Nats would lose in the World Series.
In total, that means 46 out of these 104 baseball people selected the Nats to win the World Series, and 29 more have the Nats losing the World Series. Nearly three-quarters of the members of this pretty large group have the Nats winning the NL pennant. That’s kind of a lot.
(I attempted not to double-count people who work for more than one outlet, although no promises that I succeeded entirely. Here is the Sirius list, since I don’t think it’s online.)