The Rays will win the World Series!
That's what Sports Illustrated is saying. SI baseball writer Joe Sheehan, in Five Bold Predictions for baseball's second half, picks the Rays to win the whole shebang after, Sheehan predicts, they trade for Adam Dunn. I don't know if Sheehan's prediction will come true, but what he predicts sounds like a whole lot of fun! To read the entire column, click here. Here's what Sheehan writes about the Rays:
After the controversies and collapses, the game-saving plays and game-ending hits, it's the Tampa Bay Rays who garner their first world championship, beating the Colorado Rockies four games to three in the best World Series since 2001. The Rays get a huge boost from Adam Dunn, a trade-deadline acquisition who bolsters their lineup down the stretch and who hits four homers in the Series. MVP honors, however, go to Matt Garza, who wins Games 1 and 5 and throws two shutout innings of relief in Game 7, keeping the contest tied at four. As with the 1991 World Series between the Twins and Braves, a matchup derided as a ratings nightmare turns out to be a classic, with six of the seven games in doubt right to the last batter, two extra-inning games, and Ubaldo Jimenez's near-no-hitter in Game 4 that evens the Series at two wins apiece. The Rays complete their rise from industry doormats to champions, and serve as the model for all "small-market'' franchises: make good decisions, spend money wisely, catch a break or two, and end your season smelling like cheap champagne and cheaper cigars.