The “World Series or Bust” era is no longer in Washington.
The “World Series Prediction” era remains.
In the days after Sports Illustrated predicted the Nats would win the World Series, four out of five MLB Network analysts also predicted Washington would have a parade. Peter Gammons and Brian Kenny had the Nats beating the Rays in October, or November, or whatever. Harold Reynolds had the Nats beating the Tigers. And Tom Verducci had the Nats beating the Athletics.
Their predictive comments — and bear in mind, these are slightly dated by this point — were as bullish as their predictions.
“I went 105 wins,” Kenny said during the network’s season preview coverage. “I went big.”
“This might be the year they hit 105,” Reynolds agreed. “This club is that deep; they’re that good.”
“I see Anthony Rendon being the second coming of Jeff Kent, a guy that could hit 25-30 home runs at second base,” Gammons said. “I think Harper’s going to be the MVP.”
“The superteam is the Nationals,” Verducci said.
“This team runs away with the East,” Dan Plesac said.
Man, I need a cold shower.