It's deja vu for the Major League Baseball pundits: For the second consecutive year, not one of the 64 pundits we tracked pegged the World Series correctly before the season began.

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As we recapped last season, none of the pundits picked either the Red Sox or the Cardinals to make the Series, continuing a multi-year string of futility (following years of complaints that baseball had become too predictable because of payroll disparity). Well, the group did a smidge better (less worse?) this year, as two pundits actually picked the Royals to win the AL Pennant: Jon Heyman of CBS and Steven Wulf of ESPN. The experts struck out entirely on the Giants, which is surprising as Vegas gave San Francisco 12% odds to win the NL (Royals were given a 6% chance to win the AL).

Here were the preseason picks in aggregate (we tracked pundits from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS, Yahoo, and Fox)

AL PennantNL PennantWorld Series
TB: 25WAS: 25LAD: 17
DET: 22LAD: 23WAS: 17
BOS: 5STL: 16STL: 12
OAK: 4
TB: 9
KC: 2
DET: 6
NYY: 2
BOS: 2
TEX: 2
CLE: 1
BAL: 1
CLE: 1

And these were the division picks:




AL(E)AL(C)AL(W)NL(E)NL(C)NL(W)
TB: 39DET: 50OAK: 28WAS: 60STL: 60LAD: 56
BOS: 19KC: 11TEX: 24ATL: 4PIT: 3SF: 5
BAL: 3CLE: 3LAA: 12MIA: 0CIN: 1ARI: 2
NYY: 3CHW: 0HOU: 0NYY: 0CHC: 0SD: 1
TOR: 0MIN: 0SEA: 0PHI: 0MIL: 0COL: 0

14 pundits picked the Royals for a AL Wild Card spot, while 33 picked the Giants for the NL Wild Card.

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To see the individual picks by pundit, see here. For details on how the experts did in previous years, visit PunditTracker for a full breakdown and to make your own prediction on the World Series.

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