The problem with a lot of the national media is they are covering too many teams to really get a grasp on any of them, resulting in incredibly dull opinions. I love a lot of guys over at MLB.com, but some of the stuff they put out needs to be thrown in the garbage before it ever meets the public eye, and this is one of those ideas.
MLB.com recently predicted the World Series over the next 10 years, which is impossible to do and shouldn’t even be tried. I typically wouldn’t be critical of their selections because we have no idea what is going to happen two years from now, let alone ten. However, MLB.com’s list was so putrid that whoever is responsible needs to re-think their area of expertise.
For starters, I want to say, despite the title, this isn’t about the Braves. MLB.com has them making just one World Series over the next ten seasons — a 2029 matchup in which they fall to the Tigers. As a Braves fan, I believe they will have a lot more success than that over the next ten years. There isn’t a franchise better set up for the future than the one in Atlanta.
But in the same breath, winning a World Series is excruciatingly difficult. The Braves won 14 straight division titles and went to five World Series from 1991-2005 and only came away with one title. It wouldn’t surprise me if the current Braves experienced a similar stretch of success and only ended up with one championship, which already occurred in 2021.
My gripe isn’t with the Braves; it’s with the entire list.
— MLB (@MLB) January 11, 2023
Over the next 10 seasons, Will Leitch of MLB.com predicts the Braves, Dodgers, and Astros — the three best run organizations in the sport — will make a combined three World Series. The Astros, who have been to six straight ALCS and four of the last six World Series are apparently projected to fall off a cliff and never make another World Series over the next ten years.
I’m not sure if that was an oversight, or perhaps Leitch is an angry Dodgers fan that is still upset about 2017, but the Astros will make another World Series within the next five years. In fact, they are heavy favorites to come out of the American League again in 2023.
This is a foolish exercise, and one that I typically wouldn’t comment on because there are no right answers, but my five-year-old nephew picking teams strictly off his favorite mascots could have done better than these predictions.