Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ESPN 'experts' predict 2012 season

By a show of hands, how many of you predicted the Cardinals' epic World Series run last season? Or that the Reds would follow a division title campaign with a losing record in the next? There shouldn't be a whole lot of hands in the air at this moment.

The point is it's hard to predict the future. But despite of this, ESPN's team of "experts" attempted to do just that on Wednesday. Here's a recap on how the Reds fared in their projections:

-Of the 52 experts surveyed, 27 had Cincinnati making the postseason

-Of those 27, 19 predicted they'd advance via a NL Central title and the other 8 via the Wild Card.

-Jason Churchill, Tristan Cockcroft, Kevin Goldstein and Pedro Gomez all had the Reds advancing to the World Series. However, all four each had them losing to a different AL opponent.

-The Angels appear to be the clear favorite after receiving 35% (18/52) of picks to win-it-all.

-Former Red and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Barry Larkin tabbed the club to win the Central, but chose the Diamondbacks to win the pennant.

-Former GM Jim Bowden isn't a believer of this team's potential. He has the Brewers winning the division with the Nationals and Giants claiming the two Wild Card spots.

-Former Red Aaron Boone pegged his old team to win the division, but not the league. He expects the Phillies to win the pennant, but ultimately fall to the Angels in the WS.

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